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Lee Shai Weissbach

Lee Shai Weissbach is Professor of History at the University of Louisville, where he has also served as Chair of his department and as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He received his undergraduate training at the University of Cincinnati and earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 1975.  In recent years he has been a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, a trustee of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, and a fellow at the American Jewish Archives.  In 1996 Professor Weissbach was awarded a prestigious Senior Scholar Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in 2006 he was selected as a Fulbright Fellow to spend a year at the University of Haifa in Israel.

            A specialist in social history, Professor Weissbach has written on a wide variety of topics, with special emphasis on the experience of Jews in the United States.  He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, and his articles have appeared in distinguished journals such as the AJS Review, Jewish History, the Journal of Social History, Shofar, American Jewish History and The American Jewish Archives Journal.

            Weissbach's first book, in the field of nineteenth-century French history, was published in 1989.  His second book, a case study examining synagogue architecture and congregational history, appeared in 1995.  Weissbach’s most recent research has focused on the experience of smaller Jewish communities throughout the United States and his book Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History was published in 2005 by the Yale University Press.  He is currently editing the memoirs of his grandfather, an East European Jew who immigrated first to the United States and later to Palestine early in the twentieth century.

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