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,” 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 supply perception into significant developments within the North American and global Jewish group. the quantity additionally acts as a source for the yank Jewish neighborhood and for teachers learning that group by means of delivering 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 group, and educational journals, articles, web pages, and books. the amount should still end up worthy 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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For these writers, religion either provides a kind of fuel, or at least grist, for fiction. A. Kosmin and A. Keysar whether these writers have—as Goldstein might theorize—managed to sublimate their religious impulses into a secular project or perhaps obsession. Magazines and Periodicals The Jewish influenced secular touchstones of yesteryear—Commentary, Partisan Review, and Dissent—have either disappeared or lost influence of late. 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.
The Workmen’s Circle, whose roots are in secular Judaism, makes “the pursuit of social and economic justice” a cornerstone of its mission. And the “secular, progressive voice” of the magazine Jewish Currents is often raised in opposition to social and economic inequality. Interestingly, the CSJO does not shy away from invoking Jewish continuity as a concern, something that more conservative (and more religious) organizations do as well. ” They are not alone. The Center for Cultural Judaism (CCJ), rebranded as the Posen Foundation US in 2011, has invoked continuity as well.
18 There is also the Jewish Book Carnival, a traveling (online) resource that collects links to articles and reviews dealing with Jewish books. A popular feature of many Jewish organizations’ activities is a book club focused on Jewish themed books. This fosters social engagement alongside cultural consumption. Taking their cue, in some cases, from the success of Oprah’s book club, Jewish book clubs—including one called, with tongue in cheek, Ofrah’s Book Club19—are also thriving online. 20 How many Jewish reading groups and book clubs exist?
American Jewish Year Book 2012 by Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar (auth.), Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin (eds.)