JTS Announces Publication of Ambivalent Jew: Charles Liebman in Memoriam

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
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November 29, 2007, New York, NY

JTS Press at The Jewish Theological Seminary is proud to announce its newest publication, Ambivalent Jew: Charles Liebman in Memoriam (Stuart Cohen and Bernard Susser, editors).

A political scientist specializing in the political culture and behavior of world Jewry and considered one of the leading researchers in the field, Dr. Liebman burst onto the academic stage in 1965 when his essay, “Orthodoxy in American Jewish Life,” was published in the American Jewish Year Book. A prolific author, he published approximately 100 articles and 14 books, among them the seminal Ambivalent American Jew: Politics, Religion, and Family in American Jewish Life.

While the theme of the Ambivalent Jew boldly foreshadowed Liebman's own struggle to weld together disparate identities, he had no ambivalence about his core values. Throughout his life Liebman maintained a profound concern for the welfare of the Jewish people and never deviated from his preoccupation with strengthening Jewish life in America and Israel.

Winner of the Marshall Sklar Prize for his studies on US Jews in 2000 and the Israel Prize, the country’s most prestigious award, for political science in 2003, Liebman lectured at numerous universities in the United States before moving to Israel in 1969, where he was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Bar Ilan University.

The cost of the book is $25 or $33 with shipping and handling. Copies of the Ambivalent Jew: Charles Liebman in Memoriam can be purchased by contacting pubmanager@jtsa.edu.

Editors/Reporters: For further information, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953.