Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
November 2013
From BJPA Director Prof. Steven M. Cohen     


Dear friends,



If you're privileged to be attending the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America taking place in Jerusalem, November 10-12, you'll enrich your experience by perusing this selection of background materials assembled by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner (BJPA).

The Guide pairs conference sessions - titles and speakers - with documents selected to familiarize you with the speakers and to deepen your understanding of the topics. And, if you're unable to attend the GA this year, this Resource Guide will give you a glimpse into the issues, thinking, and discussions that will be taking place This Year in Jerusalem.

These documents are drawn from the 18,000 (and growing) articles, reports, and other items contained in BJPA's vast storehouse of materials bearing upon North American Jewish communal life, dating from 1900 to 2013. BJPA owes its existence to the vision and generosity of Bill Berman of Detroit, the renowned leader in the Jewish federation movement (and elsewhere) who, among other exemplar leadership experiences, has served as President of the Council of Jewish Federations, the predecessor organization to JFNA.

Since Pew Research Center's A Portrait of Jewish Americans has touched off such passionate and crucial discussions among Jewish thought leaders, we open the Guide with links to the study itself, and to many (but by no means all) of the responses which the study has prompted.

As always, please be in touch with any suggestions or reflections. And I hope to see you at the GA.

Click here* to view the entire Guide.  


Best wishes,




Prof. Steven M. Cohen

Director, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner  



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