Having spent 31 years of my professional life at
Rutgers University, as of July 1, 2006, I have been a Professor Emeritus
of Sociology and Jewish Studies.
I now live in Jerusalem, Israel, where I continue to
spend much of my time in research and writing.
I wrote a proposal for a program in Behavioral Sciences
at Hadassah Academic College which was approved by Israel’s Board of
Higher Education (Mo’atzalehaskalagevoha), and I
am now Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department.
I was a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy
Planning Institute in Jerusalem until March 1, 2009, and then a Senior
Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and a Research Fellow at the
Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew
University.I was also a Dorset
Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, in Yarnton, UK, during January-March 2013.
My newest book, Social
Change and Halakhic Evolution in American
Orthodoxy, is scheduled is be published by the Littman Library of
Jewish Civilization in the Spring, 2017.My other books include The Stigma of
Poverty: A Critique of Poverty Theories and
Policies (Pergamon Press, 1977; Second
Edition, 1983); America's Jews in Transition (Temple University
Press, 1983), American Aliya (Wayne
State University Press, 1989), and Jewish Baby Boomers: A Communal
Perspective (State University of New York Press, 2001). I also
co-authored (with Rafael Medoff) the Historical Dictionary of Zionism
(Scarecrow Press, 2000; Second Edition, 2008; Paperback Edition
titled, The A to Z of Zionism, 2009); (with Shalom Z. Berger and Daniel Jacobson) Flipping
Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the “Year in Israel” (Yashar Books, 2007); and have edited and co-edited
more than a half-dozen works in such diverse areas as political sociology,
ethnicity, and social thought, and Israeli society and culture, among
others, the most recent being Religious Zionism Post Disengagement:
Future Directions (Yeshiva University Press and Ktav,
2008).I have also written numerous
articles and review-essays
My major professional sub-disciplines are sociology of
religion and sociology of ethnicity, and I have interests in political sociology
and the social stratification.