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Once universities embarked on the study o f one area they contin­
ued to accommodate other fields as well. The second factor was
the larger number o f students who came to the university from
ethnic, religious, or racial groups formerly ignored on the cam­
puses. These groups demanded and received recognition, thus
leading to the setting up o f centers for Jewish Studies, Black
Studies, Hispanic Studies, etc. This growth, which peaked in the
1960’s and 1970’s, also moved large segments o f Jewish learning
from Jewish institutions o f higher education to colleges and uni­
What effect has all this had on the University Presses and the
publication o f Judaica? Salamon Faber, in an article published in
1970,6suggested that a university’s interest in a program o f Jew­
ish learning is usually demonstrated by a larger offering o f
Judaica in its catalog o f publications. He concluded that in view o f
the growing tendency o f American universities to develop such
programs, more Judaica materials could be expected from Uni­
versity Presses.
In the 1982-1983 Index o f Majors (5th edition) o f the College
Board there is still no mention o f Judaica or Jewish Studies as
majors. However, there is reported a Hebrew major offered at 57
schools across the country, only 6 o f which are “Jewish Schools.”
This number is only partially indicative because many other
schools offer courses inJudaica under History, Religious Studies,
Philosophy, Comparative Studies, etc. The growing number o f
programs, course offerings, degrees and certificates is impress­
ive. A statistical analysis o f the publication activities o f University
Presses indicates that there is generally a parallel between the
growing number o f programs and the number o f publications by
the Presses. The data for this survey is based mainly on theJewish
Book Annual lists o f American Jewish Non-Fiction books that
have been published in various forms starting with volume 2
When we look at the total numbers o f Judaica books published
during the years 1940-1980 (see Appendices), we observe several
revealing trends. The total output o f Non-Fiction books inJewish
Studies has risen from an average o f about 100 titles per year in
the 1940’s to over 300 titles per year in the 1970’s. During the