Dr. Bruce A. Phillips to Receive Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry's 2016 Marshall Sklare Award

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bruce A. Phillips, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, will receive the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry's (ASSJ) 2016 Marshall Sklare Award. The Marshall Sklare Award is given annually by the ASSJ to a senior researcher who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry through the publication of a body of research in books and articles or of published work of significance to public policy. 

"Dr. Phillips' interdisciplinary approach spans sociology, urban studies, history, and geography, bringing together quantitative, qualitative, and novel theoretical approaches to reframe key issues for contemporary Jewry in the U.S. and beyond," stated the ASSJ. "He brings together diverse theoretical perspectives to illuminate issues of concern in American Jewish studies such as intermarriage, Jewish education, and the significance of place."

The Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry is a cross-disciplinary organization of individuals whose research concerns the Jewish people throughout the world. The ASSJ encourages and facilitates contact among researchers, supports the dissemination of research, and assists in the cultivation of younger scholars. Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR in New York, serves as President of the ASSJ and received the Marshall Sklare Award in 2012. Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, serves as ASSJ Vice President.

Dr. Cohen offered the following comment: "Professor Phillips' well-deserved honor, along with the leading positions that Professor Benor and I hold in the Association, underscore the extent to which HUC-JIR scholars contribute so significantly to the study of contemporary American Jewry. Not only do so many HUC-JIR professors explore and explain the Jewish past, but some of us also devote ourselves to discerning the Jewish present and perhaps the Jewish future as well."

The Marshall Sklaire Award will be presented to Dr. Phillips at the annual ASSJ plenary session during the Association of Jewish Studies Conference on December 18-20 in San Diego, CA. Dr. Phillips will present the keynote lecture. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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