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Deborah Dash Moore, American religion educator. National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1979, 89, Memorial Foundation fellow, 1983, Fulbright Foundation fellow, 1984; Littauer Foundation grantee, 1990.


Moore, Deborah Dash was born on August 6, 1946 in New York City. Daughter of Martin and Irene (Golden) Dash.


In history in 1968 and her Ph.D. in history in 1975. To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L. A. (1994) follows those big city Jews who chose to move to new homes after World War II and examines the type of communities and politics that flourished in these rapidly growing centers.


Deborah Dash Moore earned her bachelor's degree - BA magna cum laude, with honors in history - from Brandeis University. She continued her education at Columbia University, receiving her M.A. Moore taught for many years at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. While there she served intermittently as head of Religious Studies and helped found a program in Jewish Studies.

At Vassar, Deborah Dash Moore wrote and co-edited numerous books, articles and collections. She was a highly regarded educator and classroom professor in addition to her scholarship. Her first book, At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981), explores how the children of immigrants created an ethnic world that blended elements of Jewish and American culture into a vibrant urban society.

Her 2004 book, GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation, charts the lives of fifteen young Jewish men as they faced military service and tried to make sense of its demands, simultaneously wrestling with what it meant to be an American and a Jew. GI Jews, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, is a powerful, intimate portrayal of the costs of a conflict that was at once physical, emotional, and spiritual. In 2008, Moore published American Jewish Identity Politics (University of Michigan), a collection of essays by such notable Jewish studies scholars as Hasia Diner, Jonathan Sarna, and Paula Hyman.

In September 2012, NYU Press published a three-volume series edited by Moore, City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York. This history was selected for the.


  • National Jewish Book Award for City of Promises, 2012Lee Max Friedman Award Medal in teachingNational Jewish Book Award in category of Anthologies and Collections for Gender & Jewish History, 2012Marshall Sklare Award 2006Best Book of the Year 2005 The Washington PostSaul Viener Prize for Best Book in American Jewish History, 2003–04, GI Jews: How World War II Changed a GenerationHonorary Doctor of Humane Letters, awarded by Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, June 2001National Jewish Book Award for best book in Women's Studies, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, 1997Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 1998, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, 1997Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for best reference work in 1997, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, 1997Association of Jewish Librarians reference book award 1997 for Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia.



Member National Foundation for Jewish Culture (academy advisory panel), Immigration History Society (board directors 1983-1986), Association for Jewish Studies (board directors 1981-1985, since 1999), American Jewish History Society (academy council since 1977).


Married MacDonald Smith Moore, June 15, 1967. Children: Mordecai, Mikhael.

Martin Dash

Irene (Golden) Dash

MacDonald Smith Moore

Mordecai Moore

Mikhael Moore