Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
July 2013
From Prof. Steven M. Cohen   


Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce that my friend and mentor, the inimitable Leonard "Leibel" Fein, has graciously given BJPA the gift of his (nearly) complete writings thus far, including over 1,500 documents: articles, speeches, letters, and author's drafts of writings which later were (or weren't) published.

You can browse the Leibel Fein collection at:
In order to introduce this invaluable oeuvre to our users, we dedicate our July Reader's Guide to the Leibel Fein Collection. In the Guide you will find 95 brilliant writings on a wide range of topics (from politics and race in America to Jewish identity and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) and dating from 1966 through June 2013. Introductions to the Guide are provided by Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and by Leibel himself.

We look forward to the further growth of this collection as Leibel goes from strength to strength and continues, for many years to come, to help the Jewish community understand how best to live up to our highest ideals.


Click here* to view the entire Guide.  


Best wishes,Steven M. Cohen



Prof. Steven M. Cohen

Director, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner 



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Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Senior Director of Research and Analysis at JFNA, has assumed the position of Director of what will now be known as the Berman Jewish DataBank. Dr. Arnold Dashefsky is Director Emeritus and Senior Academic Consultant, and Dr. Ron Miller remains Associate Director. The URL remains the same:


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