Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History
Reena Sigman Friedman, Ph.D., has been an instructor in American Jewish history at Queens College, a visiting instructor of American Jewish history at Haverford College, and an instructor in modern Jewish history and modern Jewish thought at Gratz College. Friedman also lectures widely for Jewish adult-education programs.
A graduate of Cornell University, she holds Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.
Friedman is a contributing editor at Lilith magazine and is the author of These Are Our Children: Jewish Orphanages in the United States, 1880–1925 (Brandeis University Press, 1994). She has written chapters in Jewish American Voluntary Organizations, edited by Michael Dobkowski (Greenwood Press, 1985) and in Freedom and Responsibility: Exploring the Challenges of Jewish Continuity (The Gratz College Centennial Volume, 1998), as well as entries in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997), the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America (2003) andEncyclopedia Judaica (second edition, volume 15). Her articles have appeared in Jewish Social Studies,The Reconstructionist, American Jewish History, Shofar and American Jewish Archives. She is historian for the textbook Challenge and Change: History of the Jews in America (Behrman House, 2004) and for Teaching Guide (the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University and Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, 2004).