The University of Miami’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences announce the return to print of The American Jewish Year Book (Springer), the annual record of American Jewish Civilization.
After a four-year hiatus, the newly released American Jewish Year Book (AJYB) contains important findings about the Jewish population in the United States. Despite concerns about the decline in the Jewish community’s numbers, figures in the AJYB indicate that the numbers remain stable at approximately 6.5 million, according to Ira Sheskin, UM professor of geography and regional studies, director of the Miller Center’s Jewish Demography Project, and co-editor of the year book. This is important in view of the continuing debate over which community—Israel or the United States—has the world’s largest Jewish community. Another important finding is the increase in the number of Jews, 500,000, who identify themselves as secular members of a community rather than as Jews by religion. Read the full story