Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry


The ASSJ's journal, Contemporary Jewry, serves as the single source for the social scientific consideration of world Jewry, its institutions, trends, character, and concerns. In its pages can be found work by leading scholars and important new researchers from North America, Europe, Australasia, and Israel. While much relevant scholarship about Jewry is published in general social science journals, as well as more narrowly focused periodicals, no single scholarly journal focuses primarily on the social scientific study of Jewry.

Over 150 articles have been published in Contemporary Jewry since its inception. Each issue includes articles or review essays across a variety of social science disciplines, including anthropology, demography, economics, education, ethnography, history, politics, population, social psychology, and sociology. In addition, many issues include research notes or important work originally published in Hebrew but translated and made available to the English language reader. Special issues have focused on such topics as the National Jewish Population Survey, Jewish community surveys, Ultra-Orthodox Jews, women in the Holocaust, economic frameworks for understanding Jewry, and Jewry in Israel. Individual articles have ranged from Jewish identity in Syria, the Ukraine, to New Zealand, and Israel; from an analysis of rabbis’ salaries to an historical study of Jewish women physicians in Central Europe; from survey research to ethnography to historical analysis.

Each year Contemporary Jewry includes the Marshall Sklare Award lecture, delivered at the Association of Jewish Studies conference in co-sponsorship with Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, the founding association of the journal, by distinguished scholars chosen to receive the award because of their contributions to the field of the social scientific study of Jewry. The distinguished editorial board reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the journal.

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Table of Contents for current issue (vol. 39, no. 1)

Harriet Hartman, Editor's Introduction

Samuel Heilman, Rela Mintz Geffen (1943-2019): An Appreciation

Ilana Horwitz and Ariela Keysar, Guest Editors' Introduction to this Special Issue on Methodology

Ilana Horwitz and Ariela Keysar, Correction to Guest Editors' Introduction to this Special Issue on Methodology

Sivan Zakai, From the Mouths of Children: Widening the Scope and Shifting the Focus of Understanding the Relationships Between American Jews and Israel

Hanna Shaul bar Nissim and Matthew A. Brookner, Ethno-Religious Philanthropy: Lessons from a Study of United States Jewish Philanthropy

Sergio Della Pergola, Ariela Keysar, and Shlomit Levy, Jewish Identification Differentials in Israel and the United States: Similarity Structure Analysis

Janet Krasner Aronson, Leonard Saxe, Charles Kadushin, Matthew Boxer, and Matthew A. Brookner, A New Approach to Understanding Contemporary Jewish Engagement

L. Daniel Staetsky, Can Convenience Samples be Trusted? Lessons from the Survey of Jews in Europe, 2012

Ilana M. Horwitz, Foregrounding the Family: An Ethnography of How Families Make Decisions About Hebrew School

Helen K. Kim, Research Updates

Shari Rabin, book review of A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America, by Kirsten Fermaglich

Charles Kadushin, book review of Awakened Dream: 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem (Hebrew), by Elan Ezrachi