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American Jewish Year Book 2018

The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities Since 1899

  • Arnold Dashefsky
  • Ira M. Sheskin

Part of the American Jewish Year Book book series (AJYB, volume 118)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Review Articles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven M. Cohen, Charles S. Liebman
      Pages 3-49
    3. Arnold Dashefsky, Ira M. Sheskin, Steven Bayme, Mijal Bitton, Carmel U. Chiswick, Steven M. Cohen et al.
      Pages 51-111
    4. Tom W. Smith, Benjamin Schapiro
      Pages 113-161
    5. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky
      Pages 251-347
    6. Charles Shahar
      Pages 349-360
    7. Sergio DellaPergola
      Pages 361-449
  3. Jewish Lists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky, Sarah Markowitz
      Pages 453-513
    3. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky, Sarah Markowitz
      Pages 515-561
    4. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky, Sarah Markowitz
      Pages 563-578
    5. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky, Sarah Markowitz
      Pages 579-748
    6. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky
      Pages 749-774
    7. Arnold Dashefsky, Ira M. Sheskin, Pamela J. Weathers
      Pages 775-851
    8. Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky, Ben Harris, Roberta Pakowitz, Pamela J. Weathers
      Pages 853-937

About this book


The American Jewish Year Book, now in its 118th year, is the annual record of the North American Jewish communities and provides insight into their major trends. The first two chapters of Part I include a special forum on "Contemporary American Jewry: Grounds for Optimism or Pessimism?" with assessments from more than 20 experts in the field. The third chapter examines antisemitism in Contemporary America. Chapters on “The Domestic Arena”  and “The International Arena” analyze the year’s events as they affect American Jewish communal and political affairs. Three chapters analyze the demography and geography of the US, Canada, and world Jewish populations. Part II provides lists of Jewish institutions, including federations, community centers, social service agencies, national organizations, synagogues, Hillels, day schools, camps, museums, and Israeli consulates. The final chapters present national and local Jewish periodicals and broadcast media; academic resources, including Jewish Studies programs, books, journals, articles, websites, and research libraries; and lists of major events in the past year, Jewish honorees, and obituaries. 


Today, as it has for over a century, the American Jewish Year Book remains the single most useful source of information and analysis on Jewish demography, social and political trends, culture, and religion. For anyone interested in Jewish life, it is simply indispensable.

David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Edward and Sandra Meyer Office of the CEO


The American Jewish Year Book stands as an unparalleled resource for scholars, policy makers, Jewish community professionals and thought leaders. This authoritative and comprehensive compendium of facts and figures, trends and key issues, observations and essays, is the essential guide to contemporary American Jewish life in all its dynamic multi-dimensionality.

Christine Hayes, President, Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)and Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University


the Quality of American Jewish Life Anti-Semitism in Contemporary America Demography and geography of the US, Canada American Jewish communal and political affairs Jewish Institutions and Jewish Community Centers Jewish Museums and Holocaust Museums Jewish Press: National Jewish Periodicals and Broadcast Media Academic Jewish Resources Programs in Jewish Studies Major Events, Honorees in North American Jewry Jewish Human Service Agency Local Jewish Periodicals world Jewish populations Jewish Memorials Jewish Monuments

Editors and affiliations

  • Arnold Dashefsky
    • 1
  • Ira M. Sheskin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Center for Judaic StudiesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

About the editors

Arnold Dashefsky, Ph.D. served as the inaugural holder of the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he is now emeritus. He is the co-author or editor of thirteen books, including Americans AbroadCharitable ChoicesEthnic Identification Among American Jews, among others, as well as numerous scholarly articles. A former associate head of the sociology department, he was the founding director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, and is the director emeritus and current senior academic consultant of the Berman Jewish DataBank.

Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D. is the director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami and professor of geography at the same institution. He has completed more than 50 major Jewish community studies for Jewish Federations throughout the country and was a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America from 1988 to 2003, which completed both the 1990 and 2000-01 National Jewish Population Surveys. His publications include books entitled Survey Research for Geographers, How Jewish Communities Differ, and Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title American Jewish Year Book 2018
  • Book Subtitle The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities Since 1899
  • Editors Arnold Dashefsky
    Ira M. Sheskin
  • Series Title American Jewish Year Book
  • Series Abbreviated Title Amer. Jew. Y. B.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03906-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03907-3
  • Series ISSN 0065-8987
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-9583
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 937
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity Studies
    Human Geography
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