JBuzz Musings November 23, 2014: Where are donations going? Canadian Jewish community high poverty and inequality

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Where are donations going? Canadian Jewish community high poverty and inequality

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The recently released Jewish Population of Canada, 2011 report indicated there is widening income gap among the Canadian Jewish community. The report looked at the demographics in Canada in general, and the demographics for each province and their major…READ MORE

JBuzz News August 21, 2014: Jewish Student Assaulted at Temple University

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Jewish Student Assaulted at Temple University

Source: Jewish Exponent, 8-21-14

The school did, however, receive significant negative attention in June after an adjunct professor made inflammatory statements in an online forum about the Holocaust and Jewish influence in academia. A Temple University spokesman initially told a….READ MORE

JBuzz Musings October 23, 2013: High Intermarriage numbers reveals troubling future for Judaism in the US

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High Intermarriage numbers reveals troubling future for Judaism in the US

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Earlier this month, on Oct. 1, 2013 the Pew Research Center released their new poll entitled “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” showing a growing a trend of American Jews identifying only culturally as Jews, but not religiously. What…READ MORE

JBuzz Musings September 25, 2013: Quebec Jews oppose proposed Charter of Values

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Quebec Jews oppose proposed Charter of Values

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Jewish community in Quebec, Canada is standing in opposition to the Quebec government’s new proposed bill the Charter of Quebec Values and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – Quebec (CIJA-Québec) announced on Tuesday, Sept…READ MORE

JBuzz News June 13, 2013: Evelyn Kozak: World’s Oldest Jew Dies At 113

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Evelyn Kozak Dead: World’s Oldest Jewish Person Dies At 113

Source: AP, 6-13-13
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The world’s oldest Jewish person, Evelyn Kozak, whose family fled Russia to escape anti-Semitism in the 1880s, has died at age 113….

Kozak, who was one of nine children, was born on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Aug. 14, 1899. Her family had moved from Russia to escape organized anti-Semitic attacks….READ MORE

JBuzz News May 26, 2013: Naomi Schaefer Riley: Why do Jews intermarry, and who’d marry a Jew anyway?

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Why do Jews intermarry, and who’d marry a Jew anyway?

In her new book, Naomi Schaefer Riley takes a look at why so many in the American Jewish community are marrying out of the faith.

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Over the past half century, intermarriage has become increasingly common in the United States among all religions – but among Jews at the highest rate.

Why that is the case is one of the questions Naomi Schaefer Riley probes in her new book, “‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America” (Oxford University Press).

One of the main reasons, Riley finds, is that the older people get, the more likely they are to intermarry….READ MORE

JBuzz News May 7, 2013: Ted Merwin: Judaic studies speaker examines ‘non-Jews’ involvement in Jewish life

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Judaic studies speaker examines ‘non-Jews’ involvement in Jewish life

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, 5-7-13

The University of Scranton Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute hosted a lecture by Ted Merwin, Ph. D., entitled “You Don’t Have to Be Jewish: Non-Jews’ Growing Investment in Jewish Life” in Brennan Hall’s Pearn Auditorium….READ MORE

JBuzz News March 28, 2013: Israel Supplants US As World’s Largest Jewish Population Center, Passing Symbolic 6 Million Figure

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Israel Supplants U.S. As World’s Largest Jewish Population Center, Passing Symbolic 6 Million Figure

Source: International Business Times, 3-28-13

However, a leading expert on demography warns that overall the world’s Jewish population is declining. “In the world today there are 13,800,000 Jews,” Professor Sergio Della Pergola of Hebrew University in Jerusalem told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper….READ MORE

JBuzz News March 28, 2013: Israel’s Jewish population passes 6 million mark

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Israel’s Jewish population passes 6 million mark

Israel becomes world’s largest Jewish center, with six million Jews; United States in second place, France third. ‘World’s Jews on decline,’ expert says

Source: Ynetnews, 3-28-13

Israel’s population has crossed the eight million threshold over Passover, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Thursday. With six million Jews, Israel has become the world’s largest Jewish center.

The remainder of the population is comprised of 1.6 million Arabs, 350,000 non-Arab Christians and others, mostly olim or relatives of olim from the former USSR, whose religion is not listed in the Interior Ministry‘s census.

At the start of 2012, Israel was home to 7.836 million people, after a growth of 1.8% from 2011….READ MORE

JBuzz News February 6, 2013: Ira Sheskin: University of Miami’s Judaic Studies Center announces the revival of the ‘American Jewish Year Book’

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UM’s Judaic Studies Center announces the revival of the ‘American Jewish Year Book’

Publication returns after 4-year hiatus

Source: Eureka Alert, 2-6-13

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The University of Miami 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: The ‘Official’ Record of the North American Jewish Communities.

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 of the Jewish community’s numbers, figures in the AJYB’s chapter indicate that the numbers remain stable at approximately 6.5 million, according to Dr. Ira Sheskin, UM professor and co-editor of the AJYB. This is important in view of the continuing debate over which community, Israel or the United States – has the world’s largest Jewish community. The other very important finding is the growth of the number of Jews, 500,000, who identify themselves as secular members of a community rather than as Jews by religion….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 9, 2012: Sergio DellaPergola: Study: Jewish Population Shrinking Outside Israel

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Study: Jewish Population Shrinking Outside Israel

Source: The Jewish Press, 9-9-12

The global Jewish population grew by more than 88,000 people over the past year, and now stands at 13.75 million, according to a new study published by Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem….READ MORE

Joseph Cedar, Yehezkel Dror: Israeli film director & Hebrew U. professor awarded for promoting Jewish unity

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Cedar, Hebrew U. professor awarded for promoting Jewish unity

Source: JTA, 10-26-11

Award-winning Israeli film director Joseph Cedar and Hebrew University professor Yehezkel Dror were recognized for their work in promoting global Jewish unity.

Cedar, whose film “Beaufort” was nominated for best foreign film at the 2008 Oscars, and Dror, professor emeritus of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one of the world’s leading analysts in policy planning and management, were awarded the 2011 NADAV Jewish Peoplehood Award at a ceremony Oct. 23 in Jaffa.

The award, presented by businessman and philanthropist Leonid Nevzlin, founder of the NADAV Foundation, was given to Cedar for his “enhancing Jewish pride and strengthening Jewish identity, particularly within the young generation,” and to Dror for his “life’s work to promote Jewish leadership in Israel and around the world.”

The NADAV Foundation works to support initiatives that advance an understanding of Jewish peoplehood, build Jewish collective identity and create lasting connections among the world’s Jews.

Last year the recipients of the NADAV award were Angelica Berrie, president of the Russell Berrie Foundation and chairman of the Hartman Institute in North America, for her contribution in raising new and pluralistic voices within the Jewish tradition and promoting dialogue among Jews of different backgrounds, and the Latma Group for the video “We Con The World” following the 2010 flotilla incident. The video garnered more than 2 million views on YouTube.