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Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN set hardcover: Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 vol. Authoritative, comprehensive, serious yet accessible, it graced the library shelves of scholars and rabbis, of the learned and the studious, and even of the would-be studious, consulted by the curious and the inquisitive, an important starting point for a journey of learning.
It also was that rare work in Jewish life and learning that covered controversy and yet was not controversial. It could not be identified with one school of thought, with one religious, political, or social perspective. Written by Zionists who believed ardently in Jewish peoplehood and the centrality of the land of Israel and the renascent State of Israel for the Jewish future, it also respected the many forms that Jewish life had taken.
It performed its task admirably, sharing with the reader what was known and knowable inthe year when it was first published.
For a time through Year Books and Decennial volumes, it sought to update its readers on more recent learning, trends, and issues, and for the first time in it migrated to an electronic version with a wonderful search engine that freed the reader from taking volumes off the shelf and moving from the index to yet another volume.
So we understood as we embarked upon the task of updating the masterful work that much could be lost.
We were also confident of what could be gained. Why a new edition? The answer is quite simple. Knowledge is dynamic, not static. Much has changed in the last thirty-five years.
Israel of is quite different from Israel ofwhen Golda Meir was prime minister. Israel has faced two wars — the war of Yom Kippur War and the war in Lebanon — two Intifadas, the Camp David Accords, the withdrawal from Sinai, the Oslo Accords, the Disengagement, the rise of militant radical Islam, and so much more.
Israeli culture has been transformed and its insti5 preface to the second edition tutions have evolved. Quite simply, the Israel described in is unrecognizable today. The Soviet Union is no longer. Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have become independent countries; so too have the Ukraine and many of the former Soviet Republics.
Jewish life has been transformed by these changes.
The Iron Curtain has fallen and thus the Jews of Poland and Hungary, of the Czech Republic and Slovakia live under different conditions; and their world — the possibilities of their world — has changed. East and West Germany have been reunited and the German Jewish community — which once lived with a fascinating past that had been eclipsed by its catastrophic recent history but had no discernible future — is now growing rapidly as it has become home to many Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
In the United States, Las Vegas and Phoenix are growing most rapidly as Jewish communities as tens of thousands of Jews have moved to these Sun Belt cities and built not only new homes but also new institutions and new environments.
Southern Florida has become the third most populated area of Jewish settlement. In the rural South, where Jews had lived for a century or more, synagogues have become museums, thus marking the end of many small communities, while the Jewish population of Atlanta and Jewish life in Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston have expanded dramatically.
They can now be found wherever there is a significant Jewish population and they serve the entire spectrum of those interested in Jewish learning. In light of such developments, each entry on the fifty states had to be updated; so too the entries on each of the cities in which almost all of American Jews reside.
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