This book could not have been completed without the assistance provided by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Peter Medding, who served as a Visiting Professor at the Center, helped me first conceptualize this topic, and I value my opportunities to spend time with him. Larry Sternberg, Associate Director of the Center, was involved at various stages of the book, from helping design questionnaires for Jewish community relations professionals, to reading and editing drafts. Sylvia Riese, the Center's Executive Secretary, helped in the preparation of the manuscript, including transcribing much of the text and preparing the tables.
Sharon Sassler, who is now a Research Assistant at the Center, assisted in all phases of this book: research design, interviewing, data analysis, drafting text, and manuscript preparation and review. It was a formidable undertaking, and she fulfilled each task with skill and creativity.
I would like to thank all those who agreed to be personally interviewed and those who participated in mailback surveys conducted by the Cohen Center for their time and their insights. Representatives from a number of organizations were extremely helpful in providing resource materials, including Tom Neumann and Alan Schwartz of the Anti-Defamation League, David Singer of the American Jewish Committee, Jerome Chanes of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council,