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 ebook, in its 113th yr, presents perception into significant tendencies within the North American Jewish neighborhood, reading Jewish schooling, long island Jewry, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs, and the united states and international Jewish inhabitants. It additionally acts as a tremendous 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 turn out necessary to social scientists and historians of the yankee Jewish neighborhood, Jewish communal employees, and the clicking, between others.

For greater than a century, the American Jewish yr Book has remained and keeps to serve, even within the net age, because the top reference paintings on modern Jewish lifestyles. This year’s quantity, with its distinctive studies on Jewish schooling and the hot York neighborhood and its updates on Jewish inhabitants facts, Jewish associations, and the foremost Jewish figures who handed within the yr previous, maintains this ideal tradition.

Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, division of historical past, 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 significant source in all its former glory.

Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal carrier, 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 lifestyles on the prepared, ready to offer me considerate, exact solutions and observations at the key concerns, tendencies and facts that outline our continental Jewish group this day. good into its moment century, the American Jewish 12 months Book is still an important source for critical leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to floor their paintings in strong examine and up to date data.

Jacob Solomon, larger Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

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Woocher do exactly what entrepreneurs do—they challenge the status-quo, and come up with cutting-edge ideas to meet a population’s most pressing needs. Instead of starting from scratch, though, they work within existing structures” (Bernstein 2010). And, even where intrapreneurial energy may be lacking, new approaches to Jewish learning that emanate from the “edges” of the ecosystem are increasingly penetrating mainstream institutions, helping them to expand their reach and impact. Still, the two sub-systems—entrepreneurial and established—remain distinct in many ways—in who they engage, in how they operate, and in how they are funded.

Much of the new investment in Israel education has been motivated by a concern that ill-informed Jewish students are unprepared to be advocates for Israel on college campuses and in the wider society. As a result, numerous efforts have been launched to equip young people in high school and college with the motivation and knowledge to be able to defend Israel effectively in today’s contentious political climate. However, there have also been noteworthy efforts to reinvigorate and reframe Israel education outside an advocacy context in ways that reflect the personalized, meaning-focused ethos that is spreading throughout Jewish education today.

However, a few organizations have arisen over the past decade that have brought new thinking and innovative approaches, most prominently Matan, founded in New York in 2000 as part of the first cohort of new organizations incubated by Bikkurim (an initiative, also new at the time, established by the Kaminer Family Foundation, JESNA, and the then United Jewish Communities [now The Jewish Federations of North America] to nurture start-up organizations); and Gateways, formed in 2006 through the merger of two Boston-based organizations serving special needs students and their families since the 1990s.

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