Reena Sigman Friedman, Ph.D.

Reena Sigman Friedman, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor in History

Dr. Reena Sigman Friedman is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish History at Gratz College.

Dr. Friedman received her PhD in Jewish History from Columbia University. She is the author of These Are Our Children: Jewish Orphanages in the United States, 1880-1925 (Brandeis University Press, 1994), several encyclopedia entries and book chapters, and numerous scholarly articles. Her articles have appeared in American Jewish Archives, Jewish Social Studies, The Reconstructionist, and other academic journals. She served as a Consultant to the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University for a textbook series on American Jewish History for middle and high school students and an oral history project dealing with the Soviet Jewry movement in Philadelphia. 

Dr. Friedman lectures widely to synagogue and  organizational groups on topics related to Jewish history, Jewish women and the contemporary Jewish community, and has taught in many adult education programs (including the Scholars’ Program at Gratz). Recently, she taught a course on “American Jews and Social Justice” at the National Museum of American Jewish History, and is a member of the Museum’s Education Committee.

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