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.