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

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

The 2012 American Jewish 12 months Book, “The Annual checklist of yank Jewish Civilization,” comprises 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 group and for lecturers learning that group via providing obituaries and lists of Jewish Federations, Jewish group facilities, nationwide Jewish enterprises, Jewish in a single day camps, Jewish museums, Holocaust museums, neighborhood and nationwide Jewish periodicals, Jewish honorees, significant fresh occasions within the American Jewish group, and educational journals, articles, web content, and books. the amount may still end up important to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish group, Jewish communal employees, the clicking, and others attracted to American and Canadian Jews.​

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Its concern has been to present empirical evidence and analysis so that we are more able to recognize and understand the secular space in contemporary Jewish life. American Jewry has been undergoing a process of “detraditionalization” and transformation for more than a century. The evidence for the rejection of Halakhah by the Jewish public is clear from survey evidence. For instance, NJPS 2000, which as we noted earlier was biased towards over-sampling religious Jews, still reported that 87% of American Jews fail to observe kashrut outside their homes.

Centuries Later, Spinoza Back in the Fold” ran a recent headline in the Forward. ”27 The mock trial and symposium—or the “Spinozium” as it was cleverly called28— was held at the Washington DC JCC. A sold-out crowd had come for 6 hours of discussions about Spinoza’s life, his ideas, and his relevance. The Spinozium was a terrific example of creative, compelling Jewish culture being produced for a broad audience. Following panel discussions, interviews, and “closing arguments,” a symbolic vote was taken and the audience had its say: Spinoza was symbolically permitted “back into the fold,” 350 years ex post facto.

37%) to say they are religious than other religious Americans. Thus, we can observe that both Jews who say their religion is Judaism and those who do not are very highly secularized compared to other Americans and form a unique population. Secular Outlook and Belief The American Jewish Identification Survey 2001 (AJIS) was a special supplement to the national ARIS. This examined the pattern of beliefs of the total Jewish population of just over four million adults, both the religiously identifying Jews (JBR) and the Jewish Nones (JNR).

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