American Jewish Year Book 2013: The Annual Record of the by Jonathan Woocher, Meredith Woocher (auth.), Arnold

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

This booklet, in its 113th 12 months, offers perception into significant tendencies within the North American Jewish neighborhood, studying Jewish schooling, manhattan Jewry, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs, and the U.S. and global Jewish inhabitants. It additionally acts as an immense source with its lists of Jewish associations, Jewish periodicals, and educational assets in addition to Jewish honorees, obituaries, and significant fresh occasions. it's going to turn out worthy to social scientists and historians of the yankee Jewish neighborhood, Jewish communal employees, and the clicking, between others.

For greater than a century, the American Jewish yr Book has remained and maintains to serve, even within the net age, because the major reference paintings on modern Jewish lifestyles. This year’s quantity, with its precise stories on Jewish schooling and the recent York group and its updates on Jewish inhabitants information, Jewish associations, and the foremost Jewish figures who handed within the 12 months earlier, keeps this best tradition.

Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, division of background, American collage 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 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 yr Book on my shelf is like having a panel of specialists on American Jewish lifestyles on the prepared, ready to provide me considerate, exact solutions and observations at the key concerns, developments and records that outline our continental Jewish group at the present time. good into its moment century, the American Jewish 12 months Book is still a necessary source for critical leaders, practitioners and scholars who search to flooring their paintings in sturdy learn and updated data.

Jacob Solomon, higher Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

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Thus, though family education remains popular at the grass-roots level, the extent to which it will continue to advance both conceptually and practically as a field is unclear, as is the extent of philanthropic support it will receive. Special Needs Students One population that cuts across all ages and settings where additional support is also needed is students with special needs, including learning challenges, physical disabilities, and students on the autism spectrum. The past decade has seen both growth and setbacks in the Jewish community’s response to the needs of this growing population.

However, a few organizations have arisen over the past decade that have brought new thinking and innovative approaches, most prominently Matan, founded in New York in 2000 as part of the first cohort of new organizations incubated by Bikkurim (an initiative, also new at the time, established by the Kaminer Family Foundation, JESNA, and the then United Jewish Communities [now The Jewish Federations of North America] to nurture start-up organizations); and Gateways, formed in 2006 through the merger of two Boston-based organizations serving special needs students and their families since the 1990s.

The groups that responded to the Jumpstart survey, covering a wide range of activities, claimed to touch more than 600,000 individuals in the aggregate, with regular participation by more than 100,000 (Jumpstart 2011). In a study conducted 2 years previously, Jumpstart found that more than a quarter of participants in startup initiatives have no other Jewish involvement and another 30 % only moderate involvement elsewhere (Jumpstart 2009). Combining the various survey findings, it is reasonable to conclude that the expansion of the Jewish education ecosystem has resulted in a not insubstantial increase in the number of Jews engaged in Jewish learning.

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