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London, 1983), edited by U. O. Schmelz, P. Glikson and S. J.
Gould and published in cooperation with the Institute o f Jewish
Affairs, contains a review o f findings on the recent evolution o f
the Jewish population, an annotated bibliography o f 599 items in
Jewish population studies, and twelve reports on recent research
in various countries.
S. DellaPergola’s book,
La Transformazione Demografica della D i­
aspora Ebraica
(Torino, 1983), deals with the demographic evolu­
tion o f the Jews over the last two centuries; the early demo­
graphic transition o f large sections o f the Diaspora in the light o f
previous traditional patterns; and the effects o f modernization
and later and contemporary patterns, including the erosive im­
pact o f assimilationist trends.
Enrollment in DiasporaJewish Primary and Secondary Schools, Late
by H. S. Himmelfarb and S. DellaPergola (Jerusalem,
1982) and
Jewish Education Attained in Diaspora Communities,
by S.
DellaPergola and N. Genuth (Jerusalem, 1982) are the first two
publications o f the Project on Jewish Educational Statistics. The
findings point, inter alia, to great variation in enrollment and at­
tainment rates across the range o f communities studied. The
overall enrollment tends to point to stability or even to some in­
crease. Day schools tend to play a more central role than they did
in the past in the Jewish educational system.
Last but certainly not least, in the field o f social science, Daniel
Elazar (Bar-Ilan University) and Peter Medding (o f the Institute)
Jewish Communities in Frontier Societies: Argentina,
Australia and South Africa
(New York/London, 1983). The follow­
ing are among the issues discussed: What features o f social or­
ganization and political culture are common to Jewish
communities everywhere, and what differences exist as the result
o f differing external environments? How have the communities
studied been affected by Zionism and what are their attitudes to­
ward Israel? The study contributes to our understanding o f the
internal workings o f contemporary Jewish communities and
their interaction with the non-Jewish societies o f which they are a
A number o f other books are currently in preparation, in all
the areas o f research on contemporary Jewry, and will be pub­
lished during the course o f 1984. The publication o f thirty-nine
volumes in five years, each contributing new data or fresh per­
spectives on the central concerns o f the Jewish people today, is