Available May 18, 2014 on Amazon: $20.00 Paperback; $9.99 e-book. ISBN: 978-1499505436.
How do we understand Jews and political power in the 21st century? Jews are in a new position for the first time in their history, holding political power both through their own nation-state system and as a result of their political access and influence within the American context. Most of Jewish history, however, tells a different story—for 2,000 years Jews would operate without power, absent a political state, and denied access within the societies in which they would reside.
"The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior and Practice" seeks not only to define the nature of Judaism as a political system but to demonstrate how Jews would manage their limited access to political influence while living under different systems of government. The uniqueness of the American story and the creative tension between the nationalistic focus on Zion and the universal emphasis on social justice provide the basis for understanding the contemporary Jewish political environment.
Dr. Steven Windmueller is a Jewish communal professional and educator. He launched his career more than forty years ago on the staff of the American Jewish Committee, where he served for twelve years as the executive director of the Jewish Federation in Albany, New York (1973-1985), and for ten years as the executive director of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation's Community Relations Committee (1985-1995). Since then, Dr. Windmueller has spent nearly twenty years at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, first directing it School of Jewish Communal Service (now the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management) and then serving for four years (2006-10) as the dean of the campus.
Dr. Windmueller holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in international relations. A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller has written and lectured extensively on Jewish political affairs, the Middle East, and global social trends. Several years ago he launched The Wind Report, an interactive website (www.thewindreport.com), which serves as a repository for his extensive writings. Dr. Steven Windmueller is married to Dr. Michelle Pearlman Windmueller.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu