Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
February 2012
Dear Friends,


North American Jewry is in a state of denominational flux, as some Jews reject, rejoin, and remake the Jewish movements they inherited. With this month's Reader's Guide, we're initiating a series on Jewish denominations -- the "Big Three," the smaller denominations, and the growing wave of non/multi/post/trans.

We begin this month with the movement with the largest number of denominationally identifying Jews: Reform. Below are a few samples of the many holdings in the full BJPA Reader's Guide to Reform Judaism:

Organizations & Institutions

Demographics, Continuity & Intermarriage

Reform & Israel

Gender & Orientation

Values, Beliefs, & Ideology

Click here to download the entire Guide.

With best wishes,



Prof. Steven M. Cohen

Director, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner

3/26--Dual Language Public Schools

How do dual language public schools advance the cultural horizons of their students and work for a healthier society at large?


These schools engage the interest and concerns of numerous stakeholders, among them: educators, parents, scholars, and ethnic/religious communities. Can they, do they and should they serve as vehicles for cultural preservation and identity transmission?

Join a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners, including leaders of dual language public schools teaching in:

  • French
  • Chinese
  • Hebrew
  • Greek and Latin  

March 26, 3pm - 5pm (reception to follow)

NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd floor  


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Lecture: Salary & Gender Issues in the Jewish Community with The Forward's Jane Eisner [audio]. BJPA, NYU Wagner-Skirball Dual Degree Program, 2012 


A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America's Universities and Colleges.The David Project, 2012  


Scrapping Synagogue Dues: A Case Study. eJewish Philanthropy, 2012

A Portrait of Israeli Jews: Beliefs, Observance, and Values of Israeli Jews, 2009. The AVI CHAI-Israel Foundation, The Israel Democracy Institute, 2012

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J-Vault for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, throughout February this blog will highlight selections at intersections of Black and Jewish history. Some such publications will make us proud; others -- like this one -- will certainly not. The Jewish community is (rightly) proud of its record in the struggle for recognition of the civil rights of African-Americans, but it is also important to remember that this record is not spotless. The Jewish community too -- and even the profession of Jewish communal service -- was capable of including professionals who might make reference to racist "science", or refer to African culture with the phrase "tainted with African history"...

This week, from the J-Vault: Negro "Jews" : A Social Study (1933)



Check out other posts in our Black History Month blog series... 


Be sure to check out earlier editions of the J-Vault.   


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