Since 1899, the American Jewish Year Book (AJYB), at various times published by the Jewish Publication Society and the American Jewish Committee, has been the Annual Record of the North American Jewish Community. This volume has been a very important and prestigious annual publication because it has acted as a major resource for academic and professional researchers, practitioners at Jewish institutions and organizations, the media (both Jewish and secular), educated leaders and lay persons, and libraries, particularly University and Jewish libraries, for up-to-date information about the American and Canadian Jewish communities, including population statistics about North America and the world. For decades, the American Jewish Year Book has been the premier place for leading academics to publish long review chapters on topics of interest to the American Jewish community.
The volume is generously supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, both at the University of Connecticut, and the College of Arts and Sciences and the Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, both at the University of Miami. AJYB is edited at the University of Connecticut by Arnold Dashefsky, Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and Professor of Sociology Emeritus and founding director of the Center for Judaic Studies, and at the University of Miami by Ira M. Sheskin, Professor of Geography and Director of the Jewish Demography Project at the Miller Center.