By Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)
The 2012 American Jewish 12 months Book, “The Annual list of yank Jewish Civilization,” includes significant chapters on Jewish secularism (Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar), Canadian Jewry (Morton Weinfeld, David Koffman, and Randal Schnoor), nationwide affairs (Ethan Felson), Jewish communal affairs (Lawrence Grossman), Jewish inhabitants within the usa (Ira Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky), and global Jewish inhabitants (Sergio DellaPergola). those chapters offer perception into significant tendencies within the North American and international Jewish group. the quantity additionally acts as a source for the yankee Jewish group and for teachers learning that group via providing obituaries and lists of Jewish Federations, Jewish group facilities, nationwide Jewish companies, Jewish in a single day camps, Jewish museums, Holocaust museums, neighborhood and nationwide Jewish periodicals, Jewish honorees, significant fresh occasions within the American Jewish neighborhood, and educational journals, articles, web content, and books. the quantity should still turn out invaluable to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish neighborhood, Jewish communal staff, the clicking, and others drawn to American and Canadian Jews.
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