American Jewish Year Book 2015: The Annual Record of the by Arnold Dashefsky, Ira M. Sheskin

By Arnold Dashefsky, Ira M. Sheskin

This yr booklet, now in its one hundred and fifteenth yr, offers perception into significant tendencies within the North American Jewish groups and is the yearly checklist of the North American Jewish groups. the 1st chapters of half I learn Jewish immigrant teams to the USA and Jewish existence on campus. Chapters on “National Affairs” and “Jewish Communal Affairs” study the year’s occasions. 3 chapters examine the demography and geography of the USA, Canada, and international Jewish populations. half II offers Jewish Federations, Jewish neighborhood facilities, social provider businesses, nationwide companies, in a single day camps, museums, and Israeli consulates. the ultimate chapters current nationwide and native Jewish periodicals and broadcast media; educational assets, together with Jewish reports courses, books, articles web content, and examine libraries; and lists of significant occasions long ago yr, Jewish honorees, and obituaries.

For these attracted to the North American Jewish community—scholars, carrier services, volunteers—this quantity absolutely offers the one top resource of knowledge at the constitution, dynamics, and ongoing non secular, political, and social demanding situations confronting the group. it may be at the bookshelf of all people drawn to tracking the dynamics of swap within the Jewish groups of North America.

Sidney Goldstein, Founder and Director, inhabitants reports and coaching heart, Brown collage, and Alice Goldstein, inhabitants experiences and Traini

ng middle, Brown University

The American Jewish 12 months Book is a special and beneficial source for Jewish neighborhood pros. it truly is half almanac, listing, encyclopedia and all jointly a quantity to have inside of effortless achieve. it's the most sensible, concise diary of traits, occasions, and personalities of curiosity for the earlier 12 months. we should always all welcome the yr Book’s e-book as an indication of energy for the Jewish group.

Brenda Gevertz, government Director, JPRO community, the Jewish expert source Organization

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All but New York are also adjacent to Latin America. Culturally, linguistically, religiously and in terms of their collective identity and behavior, Latin American Jews are in various ways distinct from the vast majority of US Jews, who trace their origins to Eastern Europe. Such differences challenge American Jewish demographers, social scientists, and Jewish communal personnel who seek to identify, count, understand and develop constructive relationships with Latin American Jewish communities in the US.

Reflecting this perspective, during the 1970s and 1980s several articles in The Journal of Jewish Communal Service provided resettlement staff with patronizing hints on how to bring Soviet émigrés into the American Jewish community for their own good. For example, one article asserted: It is absolutely essential to exploit ESL (English as a second language) classes … where they are actually a captive audience … for inculcating Jewish attitudes and values … to foster a positive Jewish self-concept while developing Jewish cognition, Jewish language expression and Jewish life skills (Schiff 1980, pp.

A second major source of conflict between Soviet Jews and their American hosts involved disagreement about the manner in which Russian Jews should express their Jewish identity. Primed by decades of anti-Soviet/Russian propaganda and having heard numerous tales about religion-seeking Soviet Jewish refuseniks from the Soviet Jewry movement, American Jews assumed that Russian speakers came to the US to re-establish their religious identities; would graciously accept their instructions on how to become American Jews; and would rapidly repudiate their linguistic, cultural, and sentimental attachments to the FSU.

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