The Jewish Eye
Between Thriving and Decline
Between Thriving and Decline
The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute
Annual Assessment 2004-2005
Edited by Rami Tal
Gefen Publishing House: Jerusalem and New York, (2005)
Reviewed by Anna Dogole - March 15, 2006
Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) was established in 2002 by the Jewish Agency for Israel, LTD. A non-profit organization, the mission of the JPPPI is to study the threats and challenges facing the Jewish people and to develop policy planning strategies that will help to pinpoint the opportunities that can be taken advantage of, and the actions needed to ensure the continued survival and prosperity of the Jewish People. In their 2004-2005 annual assessment, the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute provides an eye-opening overview of the current demographics of Jewish populations around the world, and it provides a region-by region analysis of the current status of the various Jewish communities in each region - including population shifts, dangers facing each community such as assimilation and antisemitism, and the long term outlook for the communities under discussion.
This report is titled Between Thriving and Decline, and it offers a telling description of many of the Jewish communities around the world. While many communities are in noticeable decline, such as many of those located in South America, others are experiencing unprecedented growth such as those in Israel and Germany. The majority, however, are on the cusp between prospering and failing. This book examines why these changes are occurring, the long term sustainability of these communities, and the policy goals that need to be implemented to sustain these communities.
The text is divided into three main sections.
The text also includes a combined Hebrew and English Bibliography of resources referenced in the book, including websites, as well as a list of the individuals who were interviewed or consulted during the writing of this book.
- The first section outlines the current state of Jewish affairs around the world, and the main trends currently affecting world Jewry. Topics covered include how current geopolitical actions being taken in the non-Jewish world affects Jews, the impact of Terrorism and the War in Iraq, the impact of new technologies, cultural challenges, globalization, Jewish identity, and so much more. Also in this section is a quantitative overview of World Jewry that looks at four main issues - Demography, Jewish Education, Aliyah, and Antisemitism.
- The second part provides a detailed analysis of the trends and issues affecting specific Jewish Communities around the world. This section offers detailed reports on almost every country with a sizable Jewish community. These reports detail such things as the status of Jews in each country, demography, institutional and organizational structures, religion and identity, society and economics, education and culture, politics, connections with Israel, antisemitism and security, and any features that are unique to the specific country under discussion.
- The third section of this book concentrates on the goals and accomplishments of major Jewish institutions and organization, on a global scale. This section also details the interactions and interconnectivity of Israel with World Jewry.
Between Thriving and Decline - The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute
Annual Assessment 2004-2005 is a fascinating and informative book that should be required reading of anyone interested in the status of World Jewry, as well as those seeking to empower World Jewry: politically, socially, and in creating strong, vibrant Jewish communities. It is also a vitally important book that should be read by every Jewish political, religious, educational, and community leader because the statics and analysis provided in this book will help them to make more informed decisions and to formulated long term strategies to help assist and strengthen not only their own communities, but World Jewry as a whole. The information provided in this book will also help readers, from every level, better comprehend the impact that non-Jewish political decisions have on the overall Jewish community, and why it is vitally important to take a long term view when it comes to setting and implementing policies - and why it is important for Jews to take an active role in the non-Jewish political arena.
Back to top
- Preachers of Hate, by Kenneth R. Timmerman.
Islam and the War on America - a study on the rise of anti-semitism in the Middle East and throughout Europe, and what it means for Americans.
- The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness, by Sylvia Barack Fishman.
A lively, guided tour, into the realm of Jewish diversity and the various religious movements that have developed over time.
Questions or Comments? Send an email to:
Copyright © The Jewish Eye 2001 - 2017 All Rights Reserved