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The New Jewish Leaders
Reshaping the American Jewish Landscape
Jack Wertheimer, ed.

Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

2011 • 376 pp. 27 figs. 45 tables. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Jewish Studies / Leadership Education

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-183-3
$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-184-0

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“This book provides data and insights intended to guide the institutional changes needed to attract and enhance the commitment of today’s young Jews. Several important shifts in the general society, which are echoed in the Jewish community, pose serious challenges. . . . Numerous scholarly and programmatic efforts are being devoted to responding to these shifts. This book adds a great deal to that discourse.” —Jewish Book World

A riveting study of a generational transition with major implications for American Jewish life

By the end of the twentieth century, a new generation of leaders had begun to assume positions of influence within established organizations. They quickly launched a slew of new initiatives directed at their age peers. Born during the last quarter of the twentieth century, these leaders came of age in a very different America and a different Jewish world than earlier generations. Not surprisingly, their worldview and understanding of Jewish issues set them apart from their elders, as does their approach to organizing.

Based upon extensive interviews and survey research, as well as an examination of the websites frequented by younger Jews and personal observation of their programs, The New Jewish Leaders presents a pioneering account of the renewal of American Jewish community. This book describes how younger Jews organize, relate to collective Jewish efforts, and think about current Jewish issues. It also offers a glimpse of how they re-envision American Jewish communal arrangements. What emerges is a fascinating exploration of Jewish community in America today—and tomorrow.

Figures referenced in the book are available for download here (PDF format, 2.4mb).

Click here for TABLE OF CONTENTS

Reviews / Endorsements:

“Edited by one of the finest chroniclers of Jewish history, this volume seeks to provide a literary template regarding young Jewish leaders between the ages of 21 and 40. Hardly surprising, its greatest strengths are editor Wertheimer’s contributions: his preface, lengthy first chapter, and conclusion. . . . Recommended.”—Choice

“Collections focusing primarily on the development of Jewish organizations, American Jewish history and non-profit management can directly benefit from this work.”—Association of Jewish Libraries newsletter

“As with Wertheimer’s previous efforts, the research is well done, the writing and editing is excellent, and the results are significant. . . . The project—because this is the culmination of a research effort and not just the editing of a book collection—is well done from beginning to end.”—H-JUDAIC

JACK WERTHEIMER is the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is author or editor of more than a dozen books.

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