Journal

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. 36, no. 3)

Special issue on Jewish community studies

Editor’s Introduction to the Special Issue on Community Studies

Harriet Hartman

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The Challenges of Local Jewish Community Studies: An Introduction

Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz

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Everything You Need to Consider When Deciding to Field a Survey of Jews: Choices in Survey Methods and Their Consequences on Quality

David Dutwin

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Good Practices in Local Jewish Community Studies

Ira M. Sheskin

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Deficient, If Not Distorted: Jewish Community Studies That Totally Rely upon Known Jewish Households

Steven M. Cohen

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‘All Politics is Local’: Challenges in the Study of Local Jewish Communities

Janet Krasner Aronson, Matthew Boxer & Leonard Saxe

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Jewish Community Studies as Seen Through a Business Lens

Susan J. Levine & Sindey Dranoff

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Jewish Community Population Studies: Where Do We Go From Here?

Jacob B. Ukeles

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On Jewish Community Studies

Ron Miller

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One Survey Can Make a Difference: Building Connections in New Mexico via Research

Benjamin Kupersmit & Marina Rabinowitz

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Reflections on Local Jewish Population Surveys

Bruce A. Phillips

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Using Best Survey Practices for Jewish Community Studies

David A. Marker

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Keeping Perspective: The Value of Studying Jews in a Comparative Context

Alan Cooperman

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U.S. Jewish Community Studies: Eight Response Arguments

Sergio DellaPergola

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Evolving Forms and Functions: Reconsidering Local Studies in Light of a Century of Practice

Bethamie Horowitz

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Data is Not Fate: The Federations’ Role in Interpreting Community Studies

Barry Shrage

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Kim, Helen Kiyong and Noah Samuel Leavitt. JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews

Ari Y. Kelman

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Dov Waxman: Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel

Rachel Fish

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For additional discussion of this issue, please visit the Contemporary Jewry Forum.