Steven F. Windmueller, Ph.D (Display Directory Entry)
Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service
From June of 2006 until June of 2010, Dr. Steven Windmueller served as the Dean of the Los Angeles Campus of the Hebrew Union College. In March of 2009, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of the College-Institute, named Professor Windmueller to the Gottschalk Chair, one of only twelve endowed HUC faculty positions.
In 1995 Steven Windmueller was named the Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to coming to HUC-LA, he has held a number of prominent positions within the Jewish community over the course of a thirty year professional career. Most recently, he served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller had previously served for twelve years as a federation director in upstate New York. He began his professional career on the staff of the American Jewish Committee.
A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has held academic appointments at several major institutions of higher learning. He has appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC, and other nationally syndicated media offering commentaries on Jewish public affairs matters. Over the years his more than thirty articles and monographs have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Sh'ma and Moment Magazines, the Jerusalem Letter, and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service. During his professional service, Dr. Windmueller has consulted with government officials and political candidates and has had occasion to represent the Jewish community on various international missions. He has contributed a number of articles to recent books on Jewish public policy and leadership issues. His Pew-funded research on the major national Jewish community relations agencies appeared in a recent publication, Jewish Polity and American Civil Society: Communal Agencies and Religious Movements in the American Public Square (Roman and Littlefield, 2002).
Dr. Windmueller received a grant in 1999 from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation to undertake the first major study of Latino-Jewish relations in Los Angeles. Key elements of this research have appeared in various publications, including a recent book, California Jews. In 2004, he produced a textbook on the practice of Jewish community relations, entitled You Shall Not Stand Idly By, published by the American Jewish Committee. In early 2005, Dr. Windmueller collaborated with Professor Gerald Bubis in producing the first study on the formation of the UJC (United Jewish Communities), entitled Predictability to Chaos?? How American Jewish Leaders Reinvented their National Jewish Communal System. His work in 2007 on "The Second American Jewish Revolution" has appeared in several different publications; this research was followed by a 2008 article, entitled "A Jewish Perspective on the Global Economic Revolution" which was published by USC's Casden Institute, Annual Review, Volume 6. This past year, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where Dr. Windmueller serves as a Fellow, released his study on "Jewish Communities of the West".
Currently, he is writing about Jewish political behavior, having released several studies on Jewish voting patterns, including a December 2003 article entitled "Are American Jews Becoming Republican? Insights into Jewish Political Behavior" which was released by the Jerusalem Center.
Dr. Windmueller has written extensively on the Middle East, Jewish public and civic affairs, and global social trends. He recently launched The Wind Report, an interactive website, www.thewindreport.com
At the College, Dr. Windmueller is engaged in teaching, writing about issues affecting the Jewish community, and serving as a national consultant to Jewish and non-Jewish institutions. Active in the Jewish community, he currently serves on various community boards. Steven Windmueller is married to Dr. Michelle Pearlman Windmueller.
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Areas of Expertise
- Jewish political affairs
- Modern Jewish history
- The American Jewish community
- Jewish community relations
- The Jewish Federation system
- Leadership challenges for the 21st Century
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1973)
In the News
- Confronting Global Anti-Semitism: Old Notions as Understood in a 21st Century Context
- An Examination of American Jewish Political Behavior: How and Why Jews Vote the Way They Do
- The Unfolding Economic Crisis: Its Devastating Implications for American Jewry
- A Nuclear Iran: Israel at the Political Crossroads
- Rethinking the Diaspora-Israel Connection: Re-Inventing the Partnership
- The New Battlegrounds: From Religious Extremism to Political Terrorism, Defining the American Jewish Response
- Global Anti-Semitism: An Old Notion in a New Context
- Are Jews Becoming Republican: An Examination of American Jewish Political Behavior
- The Second American Jewish Revolution: The Reinvention of Synagogues and Communal Institutions
- The Klezmer-Mariachi Connection: Latino-Jewish Relations in America
- Making Synagogues Work: A Management Seminar for Congregational Leadership
- Israel at the crossroads: The New Realities of the Middle East
- "The Second American Jewish Revolution"
This topic unpacks the fundamental changes that have and are taking place within the Jewish community that is leading to a basic reconfiguration of Jewish life in America. We would be looking at the role of technology and communications, the fifth generation factor of American Jewry, and the largest transfer of wealth from one generation to another as contributing elements to this revolution.
- "Insights into Global Anti-Semitism: The New Realities"
For the first time in history, societies no longer require Jews in their midst in order to hate them. This presentation focuses on the core ingredients of the new anti-Israelism and the impact on creating alternative forms of anti-Jewish rhetoric and policy; the lecture seeks to offer as well specific policy suggestions and programmatic recommendations.
- "The Dawning of a New Day: A Call for a National Consultation: On the American Jewish Future"
This presentation is based on a recent article exploring the absence today of a shared communal agenda and the implications of this for the American Jews.
- "Unpacking the Economic Crisis: its Implications for American Jewry"
This presentation focuses on the specific events of the past two years and how the financial meltdown is dramatically and significantly impacting Jewish institutions.
- "Are American Jews still Liberal? An Examination of Jewish Political Behavior"
Here, as the title suggests we will look at Jewish voting behavior and political attitudes. This presentation focuses not only on contemporary issues but also examines the evolution of Jewish political participation in the American governmental system. In an election year this topic may have some particular appeal.
- Jews of the West: An Analysis of the Distinctive and Unique Elements that Define the Jewish Communities of the Western United States.
Last week, my essay on this topic appeared in a new volume published by the American Jewish Committee and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.