Based on the most extensive survey ever conducted on religion in America, One Nation Under God delivers surprising revelations about the religious beliefs, practices, and affiliations of Americans. "These statistical findings provide rich material for interpretation of the uniquely American religious experience."--Publishers Weekly. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Contemporary Jewish Philanthropy in America provides a comprehensive overview of how Tzedakah-the obligation to give, to share, to help-can be understood, taught and realized in contemporary society. The chapters in this book examine the social sources for philanthropy, the various types of givers, recent trends in philanthropy, large scale giving and clients' perspectives. The contributors to this volume-social scientists, communal leaders and practitioners who are associated with the Council of Jewish Federations and the North American Jewish Data Bank-analyze the motivations and functions of Jewish giving in order to throw light on this enormous and vital enterprise.
A unique collection of essays that deal with the intriguing and complex problems connected to the question of Jewish identity in the contemporary world. Concerning the problem of identity formation, this book addresses very important issues: What is the content or meaning of Jewish identity? What has replaced religion in defining the content of Jewishness? How do people in different age groups construct their Jewish identity? In most cases, the authors have combined a variety of research methods: they drew samples or relied on the sample surveys of others; used personal interviews with respondents who are especially knowledgeable about their own Jewish communities, or based their research on participant observation of particular communities or communal institutions.