American Jewish Year Book 2012 by Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky,

By Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)

The 2012 American Jewish yr Book, “The Annual list of yank Jewish Civilization,” includes significant chapters on Jewish secularism (Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar), Canadian Jewry (Morton Weinfeld, David Koffman, and Randal Schnoor), nationwide affairs (Ethan Felson), Jewish communal affairs (Lawrence Grossman), Jewish inhabitants within the usa (Ira Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky), and international Jewish inhabitants (Sergio DellaPergola). those chapters offer perception into significant tendencies within the North American and global Jewish group. the quantity additionally acts as a source for the yankee Jewish neighborhood and for lecturers learning that neighborhood by means of providing obituaries and lists of Jewish Federations, Jewish group facilities, nationwide Jewish agencies, Jewish in a single day camps, Jewish museums, Holocaust museums, neighborhood and nationwide Jewish periodicals, Jewish honorees, significant fresh occasions within the American Jewish neighborhood, and educational journals, articles, web pages, and books. the amount should still end up priceless to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish group, Jewish communal staff, the clicking, and others attracted to American and Canadian Jews.​

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In fact, 9% fewer believed “very strongly” but 4% more “agree somewhat,” so the net loss from agreement with the first proposition (Fig. 4) was only 5% of the adult population. Thus, most Americans firmly believe in a personal, active divinity. However, this question on intercession reveals quite a large gap with the Jewish view. 5 shows that only 30% of Jews strongly agree that God helps them, compared to 71% of all Americans. And whereas 74% of Jews thought God exists only 54% imagine an active personal divinity.

The social welfare and community relations organizations try to eschew religious attachments, while simultaneously trying not to give offense to any synagogue grouping, so as to attract a wide membership. The philanthropic Jewish federation system, with its plethora of welfare and social services, is the prime example of this secularized form of organization. ” JCCs have long served a range of constituencies in virtually every community in North America, providing health and fitness services, early childhood and adult Jewish education, Jewish cultural activities, teen groups, camping programs, 1 American Jewish Secularism: Jewish Life Beyond the Synagogue 27 and crafts.

Moment magazine and Tikkun, independent fora that struggle to survive, are more ostensibly Jewish and though they cover secular culture they also claim religion as their beat. Though print media is in trouble there are signs of a recent renaissance in Jewish periodicals, Jewish magazines, newspapers, and journals on-line. The Forward is the grandfather of secular Jewish newspapers. 39 By 2000 that had fallen to about 26,000 for the English edition and around 5,500 for the Yiddish edition, whose continued existence is an achievement in itself.

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