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

This booklet, in its 113th 12 months, presents perception into significant traits within the North American Jewish group, analyzing Jewish schooling, ny Jewry, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs, and the USA 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 fresh occasions. it may turn out helpful to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish group, Jewish communal staff, 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 net age, because the best reference paintings on modern Jewish lifestyles. This year’s quantity, with its unique studies on Jewish schooling and the hot York neighborhood and its updates on Jewish inhabitants statistics, Jewish associations, and the foremost Jewish figures who handed within the 12 months earlier, maintains this most suitable 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 12 months 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, actual solutions and observations at the key concerns, tendencies and information that outline our continental Jewish neighborhood at the present time. good into its moment century, the American Jewish 12 months Book remains to be a necessary source for critical leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to floor their paintings in stable learn and up to date data.

Jacob Solomon, higher Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

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Indeed, one could argue that today, the latter is the route to the former. So, even those for whom promoting continuity looms large as a desired outcome, the idea that Jewish learning in whatever form it takes and whatever content it covers must be personally relevant to the learners is becoming nearly axiomatic. One area that illustrates how this process is playing out with respect to subject matter that is hardly unconventional for Jewish education is Israel education. Over the past decade, driven at least in part by concerns that younger Jews were feeling less connected and committed to Israel,10 there has been significant new attention, investment, and success in Israel education.

7) Promote process-based learning over outcome-based learning. 20 J. Woocher and M. Woocher engagement is far less organized and connected at a national level than other areas of Jewish education. Hopefully, as the denominations and major foundations increase their focus on youth and teens—as they seem to be poised to do—the development of a strong professional infrastructure to support burgeoning innovations will be the breakthrough that defines the next decade. Adult Jewish Learning Even though adulthood represents the longest period in the life-span, adult Jewish learning (post-college) has received a fraction of the resources and attention given to other dimensions of Jewish education, as the childhood/adolescent/college-age years are seen as the prime years for enculturation, intellectual growth, identity development, interpersonal connections, and all the other explicit and implicit goals of Jewish education and engagement.

It is clear that they are vital to ensuring our teens stay engaged with our community and develop the necessary skills to lead it. And it is clear that it is time for us to elevate our investment in the teen years—when individuals begin exploring their identity, defining their values and shaping who they will become as adults—as a priority on our communal agenda. (Schusterman 2011) The challenge for the community is to determine which approaches will be “fun, meaningful, and affordable” enough to attract the many Jewish teens who are not currently engaged.

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