The First American Jewish Novel of Consequence, and the Woman Who Wrote It

Jan. 21 2020

Born in Europe in 1824 as Henrietta Pulfermacher, Cora Wilburn came to the U.S. in 1848 and established herself as a successful writer, although she has long since been forgotten. Without ever shedding her Jewish identity, she became involved in the Spiritualist movement, whose adherents sought to make contact with the souls of the dead. Recounting his search to find Wilburn’s writing and reconstruct her biography, Jonathan Sarna describes her sole novel, the semiautobiographical Cosella Wayne:

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The American Association of University Professors Celebrates Anti-Semitism

Last week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), an influential academic organization, announced that Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University would receive one of its annual awards, citing her “courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights . . . in her scholarship, teaching, [and] public advocacy” as well as her efforts to “advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally.” Those efforts, notes Jonathan Marks, include supporting the exclusion of the Jewish campus group Hillel from a university-wide event, and lambasting the school’s president for apologizing for that exclusion:

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More about: Academia, Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus