Steven Windmueller's new book, "You Shall Not Stand Idly By"

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

November 16, 2004, New York - Jewish activists now can get all the tools they need to effectively practice community relations with the handbook just published by the American Jewish Committee.

You Shall Not Stand Idly By is designed to assist professionals and lay leaders engaged in community relations to understand the field's best practices and proven strategies. It is the first book of its kind in more than 30 years.

"Jewish community relations is a dynamic field, in which new crises and new priorities constantly appear," writes Steven Windmueller, one of the Jewish community's leading practitioners of community relations, and the book's author. The aftermath of September 11, and the political fallout affecting Israel and world Jewry from the past four years of Palestinian terror, "have given rise to a host of issues that today challenge our community," he writes.

Windmueller, director of the Hebrew Union College's School of Jewish Communal Service in Los Angeles, has assembled a rich resource based on his more than 25 years experience as a Jewish communal professional. Prior to joining the HUC faculty in 1995, he served for ten years as the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Los Angeles, and also previously worked at the American Jewish Committee. Windmueller holds a PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania.


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