Israeli Society

Israeli Society

Israeli Society

Israeli Society

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The work presented here is the product of many years of research and teaching. The first specific beginnings of this book lie in the seminars and courses on the social structure of Israel which I have been teaching for the past fourteen years at the Hebrew University. Its research foundations were laid in the Research Seminar on the Social Structure of the Yishuv, which was established within the Department of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University in 1946. This Seminar continued after the War of Independence, until 1951 when a fully-fledged research programme was established in the Department of Sociology of the Hebrew University, founded with the help of Dr G. S. Wise, then Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University and now President of Tel Aviv University.

The book is heavily indebted to many researches undertaken by my colleagues and myself at the Department of Sociology of the Hebrew University, as well as to the research of other institutions, and especially those of the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Falk Foundation, the Israel Institute of Applied Social Research, the Szold Foundation, and the Research Department of the Bank of Israel.

Although many aspects of the social structure in Israel have not yet been explored, it has been possible, in the last three or four years, to crystallize the existing data sufficiently to present some systematic picture and to pinpoint the areas in which future research seems most urgent. When, therefore, Professor M. Davis, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, approached me about three years ago, with a suggestion that I publish my lectures in book form under the auspices of his Institute, I very much welcomed his suggestion. This was, indeed, the final impetus needed for preparing this book on Israeli society which is at present under preparation by a team consisting of myself, Dr Ch. Adler, Dr R. Bar-Yosef, and Mr R. Cahanna, and which has been of great help also to this book.

Needless to say, this book owes much to many people. First of all, I would like to thank all my students over the past fifteen years who have suffered in seminars and lectures during which I experimented with some of my ideas. I owe an equal debt to my colleagues in the Department of Sociology for general discussions on problems of Israeli society as well as for the results of their varied researches. I would like to mention especially Professor J. Katz and his work on the Traditional Jewish Society and the Beginnings of Jewish . . .

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