American Jewish Year Book 2013: The Annual Record of the by Jonathan Woocher, Meredith Woocher (auth.), Arnold

By Jonathan Woocher, Meredith Woocher (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)

This publication, in its 113th yr, presents perception into significant traits within the North American Jewish group, analyzing Jewish schooling, manhattan Jewry, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs, and the united states and international Jewish inhabitants. It additionally acts as a huge source with its lists of Jewish associations, Jewish periodicals, and educational assets in addition to Jewish honorees, obituaries, and significant contemporary occasions. it's going to end up precious to social scientists and historians of the yankee Jewish group, Jewish communal employees, and the clicking, between others.

For greater than a century, the American Jewish 12 months Book has remained and keeps to serve, even within the web age, because the prime reference paintings on modern Jewish existence. This year’s quantity, with its distinctive reviews on Jewish schooling and the hot York group and its updates on Jewish inhabitants statistics, Jewish associations, and the most important Jewish figures who handed within the 12 months previous, maintains this appropriate tradition.

Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, division of heritage, American college and Co-editor, Making Women’s Histories: past nationwide Perspectives

The 2013 quantity of the American Jewish yr Book impressively demonstrates that Arnold Dashefsky and Ira Sheskin have restored this crucial source in all its former glory.

Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal provider, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of faith, Los Angeles

Having a present American Jewish yr Book on my shelf is like having a panel of specialists on American Jewish existence on the prepared, ready to offer me considerate, actual solutions and observations at the key concerns, tendencies and information that outline our continental Jewish group at the present time. good into its moment century, the American Jewish 12 months Book remains to be an important source for critical leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to floor their paintings in stable study and updated data.

Jacob Solomon, larger Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

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