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 booklet, in its 113th yr, offers perception into significant developments within the North American Jewish neighborhood, studying Jewish schooling, manhattan Jewry, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs, and the USA 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 may end up important to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish neighborhood, Jewish communal staff, 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 prime reference paintings on modern Jewish lifestyles. This year’s quantity, with its detailed reviews on Jewish schooling and the hot York neighborhood and its updates on Jewish inhabitants records, Jewish associations, and the main Jewish figures who handed within the yr earlier, keeps this best 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 provider, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of faith, Los Angeles

Having a present American Jewish 12 months 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 records that outline our continental Jewish neighborhood this present day. good into its moment century, the American Jewish yr Book is still a vital source for severe leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to floor their paintings in good study and up to date data.

Jacob Solomon, higher Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

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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. However, research has shown that adult Jewish learning can have a profound impact on the Jewish growth and identity development of adults as well by opening up new understandings of Jewish texts and practices that can impact learners’ lives beyond the classroom (Grant et al.

Woocher and M. 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.

This may, though, be just the first chapter in a larger story that is emerging. The expanding Jewish educational ecosystem is, in fact, bringing new leaders to the forefront. Until now, perhaps not surprisingly, many of these new leaders have sought out “under-developed regions” of the system in which to settle and make their mark. But, as the larger ecosystem adapts, and existing actors seek to absorb 1 Jewish Education in a New Century: An Ecosystem in Transition 33 lessons from the new entrants, conditions can begin to change.

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