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

This ebook, in its 113th yr, presents perception into significant traits within the North American Jewish neighborhood, analyzing Jewish schooling, big apple Jewry, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs, and the united states and global Jewish inhabitants. It additionally acts as an incredible 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 helpful to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish group, Jewish communal employees, and the click, between others.

For greater than a century, the American Jewish 12 months Book has remained and maintains to serve, even within the web age, because the major reference paintings on modern Jewish existence. This year’s quantity, with its distinctive experiences on Jewish schooling and the hot York group and its updates on Jewish inhabitants facts, Jewish associations, and the main Jewish figures who handed within the 12 months previous, keeps this ultimate tradition.

Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, division of historical past, American collage 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 crucial 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 provide me considerate, exact solutions and observations at the key concerns, developments 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 severe leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to flooring their paintings in stable learn and up to date data.

Jacob Solomon, higher Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

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There are some signs this is beginning to happen. A growing number of day school and complementary programs are incorporating forms of online or blended learning, allowing them to diversify their offerings and making these more flexible and more customizable to meet learners’ skills and interests. Proponents of online learning argue that it is less expensive and more accessible to individuals who want to learn at times and places other than those favored by institutions, and will thereby engage students and families who currently do not participate, though these claims are still being tested.

But, lack of interest can also shade over into a perceived lack of attractive opportunities. Segments of the Jewish population—immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Israel, interfaith families, secular Jews, Jews living outside primary areas of Jewish residence, and simply those looking for something “different”—have difficulty finding programs that appeal to them and to their sense of Jewishness. The lack of attractive educational options affects particular age cohorts as well: families with children in the “gap” years of early elementary school, teens, and young adults.

Whether the potential for adding robustness is realized will depend in large measure on how the elements of the system, both old and new, respond. The expansion of the ecosystem of Jewish education has two components: One, as outlined in the sections above, has to do with the emergence of new models within existing forms—new types of complementary programs, specialty summer camps, youth programs in alternative venues like public and private secondary schools, etc. The second form of expansion involves the emergence and spread of new frameworks and foci for Jewish learning.

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