Publications

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Highlights

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2020“Reform the Brown Act to enhance transparency and public access”CalMatters
2017“Space to Lead: A Century of Civc Leadership in Los Angeles,” with Andrea Thabet and William DeverellFuture of Cities: Los Angeles and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
2016“The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County,” with Shakari ByerlyKey Findings for the California Community Foundation from the 2016 State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles Report. Los Angeles: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
2013Interstitial religion: approaches to the study of religion on the middle groundDoctoral dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
2013Connected to give: faith communities, with Melanie A. McKitrick, Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, and Amir D. HayatLos Angeles: Jumpstart

Books

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2013Interstitial religion: approaches to the study of religion on the middle groundDoctoral dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
2006Religion, violence, memory, and place, with Oren Baruch Stier, co-editor(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006)
2004After The Passion is gone: American religious consequences, with Michael Berenbaum, co-editor(Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004)
2002Personal knowledge and beyond: reshaping the ethnography of religion, with James V. Spickard and Meredith B. McGuire, co-editors(New York: New York University Press).
1992Bill Clinton: the inside story, with Robert E. LevinNew York: SPI.

Research Reports

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2017“Space to Lead: A Century of Civc Leadership in Los Angeles,” with Andrea Thabet and William DeverellFuture of Cities: Los Angeles and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
2016“The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County,” with Shakari ByerlyKey Findings for the California Community Foundation from the 2016 State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles Report. Los Angeles: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
2014Connected to give: risk and relevance, with Jim Gerstein and Joshua AvedonLos Angeles: Jumpstart
2013Connected to give: key findings from the national study of American Jewish giving, with Jim Gerstein and Steven M. CohenLos Angeles: Jumpstart
2013Connected to give: Jewish legacies, with Jim GersteinLos Angeles: Jumpstart
2013Connected to give: faith communities, with Melanie A. McKitrick, Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, and Amir D. HayatLos Angeles: Jumpstart
2011The Jewish innovation economy: an emerging market for knowledge and social capital, with Joshua Avedon, co-editorNew York and Los Angeles: The Natan Fund, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and Jumpstart
2010“The 2010 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives in Europe: Key Findings,” with Joshua AvedonJumpstart Report 3. Los Angeles, London, and Jerusalem: Jumpstart, Pears Foundation and The ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators.
2009The innovation ecosystem: emergence of a new Jewish landscape, with Joshua Avedon, co-editorNew York and Los Angeles: The Natan Fund, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and Jumpstart
2009The 2008 survey of new Jewish organizations, with Joshua AvedonLos Angeles: Jumpstart
2009Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel —2008 alumni survey, with Joshua AvedonLos Angeles: Jumpstart
2007“Emergent Jewish communities and their participants: preliminary findings from the 2007 national spiritual communities study,” with Steven M. Cohen, Elie Kaunfer, and Michelle Shain(Los Angeles and New York: S3K Synagogue Studies Institute and Mechon Hadar), available from http://www.jewishemergent.org/survey

Book Chapters

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2020“Essay: commentary on Elie Kaunfer, Empowered Judaism: what independent minyanim can teach us about building vibrant Jewish communities, 2010,” with Joshua AvedonYehuda Kurtzer and Claire E. Sufrin, eds., The New Jewish Canon: Ideas & Debates 1980-2015.
2009“Just Torah: no justice, no peace—the heresy of the world ignored”Brian McLaren, Elisa Padilla, and Ashley Bunting, The justice project (Ada, MI: Baker Books)
2006“Introduction,” “The place of memory: theoretical perspectives,” “Practicing memory: ritual perspectives,” “The spatial ethics and politics of memory,” “Constructing memory in the contemporary world,” with Oren Baruch StierOren Baruch Stier and J. Shawn Landres, Religion, violence, memory, and place (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), pp. 1-12, 13-15, 71-73, 113-116, 177-179.
2006“Jewish communities in the Americas”Mark Juergensmeyer, ed., Oxford handbook of global religions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 223-230.
2004“Studying social anthropology in the UK: a report from the field,” with Karen HoughDorle Dracklé and Iain Edgar, eds., Current policies and practices in European social anthropology education, Learning Fields, vol. 2 (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2004).
2004“Introduction,” “The context of The Passion,” “The Passion in context,” and “Jews and Christians: reframing the dialogue,” with Michael BerenbaumJ. Shawn Landres and Michael Berenbaum, eds. After The Passion is gone: American religious consequences (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004), pp. 1-17; 19-22; 89-92; 173-176.
2002“Whither ethnography? Transforming the Social-Scientific Study of Religion,” with James V. SpickardJames V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire, eds., Personal knowledge and beyond: reshaping the ethnography of religion (New York: New York University Press, 2002), pp. 1-14.
2002“Being (in) the field: defining fieldwork in Southern California and Central Slovakia”James V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire, eds., Personal knowledge and beyond: reshaping the ethnography of religion (New York University Press, 2002), pp. 100-112.
2002“Public art as sacred space: Asian American community murals in Los Angeles”Stewart M. Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark, eds., Practicing religion in the age of media: explorations in media, culture, and religion (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002), pp. 91-112.
2000“Jewish identity in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia” [in English]Jolana Darulová, ed., Banská Bystrica—premeny mesta a spoločnosti (Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela), pp. 124-143.
2000“Európska identita na Slovensku [European identity in Slovakia],” with Alexandra Bitušíková [in Slovak]Jolana Darulová, ed., Banská Bystrica—premeny mesta a spoločnosti (Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela), pp. 144-152.
2000“Slovakia and/or Europe” [in English]Rozgonyi Ibolya, ed., A demokrácia 10 Éve Magyarországon 1989- 1999, Tanulmánykötet, V. Országos Politológus Vándorgûlés [Proceedings of the Hungarian Political Science Association V], (Nyíregyháza: Bessenyei György Könyvkiadó), pp. 279-285.
1997“Defection, disengagement, and dissent: the dynamics of religious change,” with Wade Clark RoofMordechai Bar-Lev and William Shaffir, eds., Leaving religion and religious life: patterns and dynamics Religion and the social order, vol. 7 (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press), pp. 77-95.
1996“Just say wait: a first look at the True Love Waits campaign”Georgie Ann Weatherby and Susan A. Farrell, eds., The power of gender in religion, (New York: McGraw-Hill), pp. 109-118.

Articles

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2015“Answering the call” [response to Marvin R. Wilson, “To know and be known: evangelicals and interfaith dialogue”]Evangelical interfaith dialogue (Spring)
2015“Big Tent Judaism’s Study About Conservative Rabbis Deserves More Credit,” with Keren R. McGinityEJewishPhilanthropy.com (November 3)
2014“Elul 22: Going Back”Jewels of Elul IX
2012“Emergence Unbound”Sh’ma 43/693 (October), pp. 4-6
2011“From giving to impact investing”Sh’ma 42/683 (October), pp. 10-11
2011“Increasing supply, not only demand”ROICommunity.org (November 7)
2010“Tzimtzum for organizations: how I learned everything I really needed to know about collaboration from a group of teenaged jazz prodigies”Sh’ma 40/665 (January), pp. 1-2
2010“The next big new idea is neither big nor new. Discuss,” with Joshua AvedoneJewishPhilanthropy.com (February 3)
2009“Seeding the ecosystem of the Jewish future,” with Felicia HermanContact: the journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life 11:3 (Spring), p. 10
2009“Cultivating knowledge capital for Jewish innovation,” with Joshua AvedonHaYidion: The RAVSAK Journal (Summer), pp. 2-4
2009“Power to the people: investing in the people behind the projects,” with Dana RaucherPresenTense 9 (Fall), pp. 28-29
2008“Recentering the kehilah: gender and sexual identity in Jewish Emergent communities”Sh’ma 38/646, pp. 10-11
2008“The urge to emerge: new communities blossom,” with Joshua AvedonPresenTense 4 (Spring)
2007“Evangelical-Jewish dialogue: the emerging conversation,” with Ryan K. BolgerSh’ma 37 (638), pp. 11-12.
2007“Emerging patterns of interreligious conversation: a Christian-Jewish experiment, ” with Ryan K. BolgerAnnals of the American academy of political and social science 612 (1), pp. 225-239
2006“Bye bye diaspora, hello ‘new Jews’” [review of David Shneer and Caryn Aviv and David Shneer, New Jews: the end of the Jewish diaspora (New York University Press, 2005]The Jewish journal of greater Los Angeles (13 January 2006).
2006“The emerging spiritual paradigm”Sh’ma 36:632 (June 2006), pp. 3-4.
2006“Objevující se duchovní paradigmata [Emerging spiritual paradigms],” with Ryan K. Bolger, [in Czech]Dingir: časopis o současné náboženské scéně 9:2 (July 2006).
2005“Renewing American Judaism at the root” [profile of Rabbi Sharon Brous]”Columbia College today (May 2005)
2004“Die Passion Christi: Stellungnahme eines jüdischen Religionswisssenschaters aus den USA [The Passion of Christ: A statement from a religious studies scholar from the USA]” [in German]Dossier: Nachrichten unde Stellungnahmen der Katholischen Sozialakademie Österreichs (March 2004), p. 23.
2004“Diskuse o Gibsonově ‘Utrpení krista’: Gibsonův film odhalil trendy současného amerického židovství a křesťanství [Discussion of Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: Gibson’s film uncovered trends in contemporary American Judaism and Christianity],” with Michael Berenbaum [in Czech]Dingir: časopis o současné náboženské scéně 7:2 (June 2004), pp. 38-40.
2003“Truth and consequences: Patočka, Havel, and Temptation”Communio viatorum: a theological journal XLV: 2 (2003), pp. 134-152.
1999“Survival and the other: a Bakhtinian reading of Night” [in English]Acta universitatis Matthiae Belii–Zborník fakulty humanitných vied, sekcia spoločenskovedná, Vol. III, pp. 103-113.
1999“‘Something else and maybe something more’: Jewish identity in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia”Scottish journal of religious studies 20: 2, pp. 159-173.
1997“Ritual and civil society”JASO: Journal of the anthropological society of Oxford 28: 2 (Trinity), pp. 161-175.
1997“Public art as sacred space: Asian American community murals in Los Angeles”Religion & the arts 1: 3 (Summer), pp. 6-26.
1996“Symbolic subject, subjected symbol: mizuko kuyo, gender and the social order in Japan”Journal of contemporary religion 11: 1 (January), pp. 57-65.
1996“When the medium isn’t the message: the True Love Waits campaign”Religion & education 23: 1 (Spring), pp. 25-33.
1994“Are Palestinian nationalism and Israeli security compatible?” with Dorit GaryBulletin: the newsletter of the Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies, Fall, p. 8.

Encyclopedia Entries

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2012 “Emergent religion,” with Ryan BolgerWade Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds., Encylopedia of Global Religion (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE).
2011“The Passion of the Christ controversy,” with Michael BerenbaumEric Michael Mazur, ed., Encyclopedia of Religion & Film (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO)
1999“Chastity,” “Generation X,” “Kippah,” “Peak Experience,” “True Love Waits”Wade Clark Roof, Contemporary American religion (New York: Macmillan).
1998“Generation X,” “True Love Waits”Randall Balmer, Evangelicalism in North America (New York: Rosen).

Op-Eds

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2020“Reform the Brown Act to enhance transparency and public access”CalMatters (November 4)
2020“Trust counts”Times of Israel (October 29)
2019“Community concerns”Santa Monica Daily Press (September 7)
2017“Community voices: It’s time to make Santa Monica’s streets safer,” with Judy Abdo, Abby Arnold, Zachary Gaidzik, Craig Hamilton, Leslie Lambert, Juan Matute, Grace Phillips, Cynthia Rose, and Natalya ZernitskayaSanta Monica Next (March 30)
2016“Social services are part of planning“Santa Monica Daily Press (November 15)
2016“Community voices: Shawn Landres says Yes on Measures GS and GSH”Santa Monica Next (October 21)
2016“‘Miracle cures’ usually aren’t”Santa Monica Daily Press (September 30)
2016“Now that Santa Monica has the Expo Line, let’s do transit right,” with Judy Abdo, Richard Brand, Elena Christopoulos, Leslie Lambert, Carl Hansen, Abby Arnold, Cynthia Rose, and Jason IslasSanta Monica Daily Press (May 24)
2014“Two Limmud Journeys”ROI Community
2009“Let’s bring innovation into the fold,” with Joshua AvedonJewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (July 8)
2009“A break in the pipeline,” with Joshua AvedonJewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (August 26)
2008“Don't cut support to innovative nonprofits,” with Martin Kaminer and Toby E. RubinJewish Telegraphic Agency (November 13; reprinted in Jewish newspapers around the United States)
2008“Philanthropy's new ice age: will social innovation survive the freeze?” with Joshua Avedon and Lee Meyerhoff HendlerThe Huffington Post (December 11)
2007“Breaking the code of ritual observance”Forward CXI (31,683), p. A9
2004“Passion response dos and don’ts”The Jewish journal of greater Los Angeles (13 February 2004)
2004“Big brother lurks in higher education bill”The Jewish journal of greater Los Angeles (26 March 2004)
2004“Medzináboženské desatoro [Interreligious ‘ten commandments’]” [in Slovak]Delet: dvere do židovského sveta (14 May 2004), p. 7.
1993“Ivy League students need financial assistance, too”Christian Science Monitor, March 22, p.18.
1993“Finding the right path”The New York religious observer, October 29, p. 11.

Multimedia

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2009D’varim [original cartoon video commentary on Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22]G-dcast.com (July 20)