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 The Fain Family Foundation and the Office of the President at the University of Miami 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 Sustainable Development and Director of the Jewish Demography Project at the Miller Center.
AJYB 2020 Special Chapters
Chapter 1: Pastrami, Verklempt, and Tshoot-spa: Non-Jews’ Use of Jewish Language in the US, Sarah Bunin Benor
Chapter 2: American Jews and the Domestic Arena: Issue 1, Focus on LGBT Jewish Households, Ira M. Sheskin and Harriet Hartman
Chapter 3: American Jews and the Domestic Arena: Issue 2, The Impact of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic on US Jewry: A Preliminary Assessment, Janet Krasner Aronson, Leonard Saxe, Matthew A. Brookner, Matthew Boxer, and Raquel Magidin de Kramer
Regular Part I Chapters
American Jews and the Domestic Arena
American Jews and the International Arena
United States Jewish Population
Canadian Jewish Population
World Jewish Population
Part II Jewish Lists
Local Jewish Organizations
Jewish Museums and Holocaust Museums, Memorials, and Monuments
Jewish Overnight Camps
National Jewish Organizations
Transitions: Major Events, Honorees, and Obituaries
Links and Resources
Here are further links to read and research the AJYB:
- The AJYB is being published by Springer, where you can access the tables of content and order the latest volume.
- The American Jewish Committee Archive has digital copies of the Year Book from 1899-2008 for free.
- The AJYB at the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford.
- Here is the Berman Jewish DataBank.
- Here is the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.
- Here is the Association for Jewish Studies.
- Here is the Wikipedia page.