The Twentieth Century Through American Jewish Eyes: A History of the American Jewish Year Book, 1899-1999

By Jonathan D. Sarna, Jonathan Golden

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 2000

Sarna traces the 100-year history of the American Jewish Year Book and describes its impact on our understanding of this century of American Jewry. He states the first publishers of the Year Book, the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), understood the changing situation of the American Jewish community better than did most American Jews. JPS leaders, many of them longtime community activists, viewed America as the future center of world Jewry and boldly aimed to prepare American Jewry to assume its "manifest destiny." Germany, where many of their own parents had been born, had disappointed them by succumbing to "a revival of mediaeval prejudices." "It befits us as free citizens of the noblest of countries," they announced, "to take it up in their stead." Blending together American patriotism with concern for the welfare of their fellow Jews abroad, they looked to publish books that would both prepare American Jewry to assume the burden of Jewish leadership and, simultaneously, announce to the world that the American Jewish community had arrived. The Year Book would advance both of these goals.

Topic: History, Civil Rights, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Advocacy, Publications, Shoah, Data, Community Development, Holocaust, Zionism

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Editor: Grossman, Lawrence , Singer, David

Volume/Issue: 100

Page Number(s): 3-103

Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Author

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Bibliographic Information:
Sarna, Jonathan D. Golden, Jonathan. The Twentieth Century Through American Jewish Eyes: A History of the American Jewish Year Book, 1899-1999. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 2000: 3-103. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12091


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