By Jonathan Woocher, Meredith Woocher (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)
This booklet, in its 113th 12 months, presents perception into significant developments within the North American Jewish neighborhood, studying 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 priceless to social scientists and historians of the yankee Jewish neighborhood, Jewish communal employees, and the click, 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 existence. This year’s quantity, with its exact studies on Jewish schooling and the hot York group and its updates on Jewish inhabitants facts, Jewish associations, and the foremost Jewish figures who handed within the 12 months prior, maintains this ultimate 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 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 existence on the prepared, ready to offer me considerate, exact solutions and observations at the key matters, traits and facts that outline our continental Jewish group this day. good into its moment century, the American Jewish 12 months Book is still a necessary source for critical leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to flooring their paintings in strong study and updated data.
Jacob Solomon, higher Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO
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American Jewish Year Book 2013: The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities by Jonathan Woocher, Meredith Woocher (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)