American Jewish Year Book 2012 by Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky,

By Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)

The 2012 American Jewish yr Book, “The Annual checklist 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 supply perception into significant tendencies within the North American and international Jewish neighborhood. the quantity additionally acts as a source for the yankee Jewish group and for teachers learning that neighborhood by way of offering obituaries and lists of Jewish Federations, Jewish group facilities, nationwide Jewish enterprises, 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 valuable to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish group, Jewish communal staff, the clicking, and others drawn to American and Canadian Jews.​

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