Who Are We Now? Interpreting the Pew Study on Jewish Identity in America Today [NOOK Book]

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Who is a Jew in 21st century America?

Is membership in “the tribe” defined by shared religious beliefs? Common ethnic backgrounds? Familiar holiday practices? Similar tastes in culture and cuisine? And what do the widely varying answers to those questions mean for the future of the American Jewish community?

In 2013, at the suggestion of Jewish Daily Forward editor Jane ...
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Who Are We Now? Interpreting the Pew Study on Jewish Identity in America Today

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Overview

Who is a Jew in 21st century America?

Is membership in “the tribe” defined by shared religious beliefs? Common ethnic backgrounds? Familiar holiday practices? Similar tastes in culture and cuisine? And what do the widely varying answers to those questions mean for the future of the American Jewish community?

In 2013, at the suggestion of Jewish Daily Forward editor Jane Eisner, the Pew Research Center completed the most comprehensive and credible survey ever conducted among American Jews. Its findings were nothing short of astounding to communal leaders, demographers and individual Jews alike.

In this new e-book, the venerable Forward – the premier source of news, analysis and cultural coverage that matters to the American Jewish community – explains and analyzes the Pew report, with contributions from its own journalists and other experts, including:
• Elka Abrahamson, president of the Wexner Foundation
• Sarah Bunin Benor, associate professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
• Steven M. Cohen, research professor of Jewish social policy at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
• Sergio DellaPergola, professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
• Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of the Jewish Daily Forward
• Dan Friedman, managing editor of the Jewish Daily Forward
• J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large for the Forward, and author of "Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment"
• Bethamie Horowitz, research professor at New York University and director of the 1991 New York Jewish Population Study
• Josh Nathan-Kazis, staff writer for the Jewish Daily Forward
• Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute
• Carla Naumburg, writer, clinical social worker, contributing editor for Kveller.com, and mother
• Martyna Starosta, digital media producer for the Forward
• Alan Wolfe, professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.

Startling, sobering and sometimes even amusing, this accessible collection of articles and essays will inform and enlarge the critical conversation among American Jews about their communal future.

Includes a helpful discussion guide for educators, community and book groups, and leaders of Jewish organizations. With a preface by Samuel Norich, publisher and CEO of the Forward and the author of “What Will Bind Us Now? A Report on the Institutional Ties Between Israel and American Jewry.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148523246
  • Publisher: The Forward Association, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,321,863
  • File size: 602 KB

Meet the Author

Elka Abrahamson is president of the Wexner Foundation.

Sarah Bunin Benor is an associate professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

Steven M. Cohen is a research professor of Jewish social policy at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

Sergio DellaPergola is a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jane Eisner is the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Daily Forward.

Dan Friedman is the managing editor of the Jewish Daily Forward.

J.J. Goldberg, Editor-at-Large for the Forward, is the author of "Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment." His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Daily Beast, Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere.

Bethamie Horowitz is a research professor at New York University. She directed the 1991 New York Jewish Population Study.

Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Jewish Daily Forward.

Carla Naumburg is a writer, clinical social worker, and mother. She is a contributing editor for Kveller.com, and is writing a book on mindful parenting.

Leonard Saxe is Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and the director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute.

Martyna Starosta is the digital media producer for the Forward.

Alan Wolfe is a professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.

The Forward is the premier source of news, analysis and cultural coverage that matters to the American Jewish community, providing outstanding independent journalism, every day. To receive our free, daily e-newsletters, visit jd.fo/nb.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    I can't recommend this book enough! I've been looking for real i

    I can't recommend this book enough! I've been looking for real insight into the Pew Study and simply have not found a more comprehensive and compelling collection of analysis anywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    With clear analysis, good examples and diverse commentary, this

    With clear analysis, good examples and diverse commentary, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of American Jewry.
    It would be great background for the leaders of any Jewish organization to consider and discuss their strategy.

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