Waxman, Chaim I.

Chaim I. Waxman
Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies
Email Address: chaim.waxman@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: (972-50) 673-9443

Chaim I. Waxman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University where he served from as a member of the Department of Sociology from 1975 to 2006.  He has written and edited more than 18 books and more than 100 articles.

After retiring from Rutgers he moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where he continued to be active professionally and served as a senior fellow in several scholarly institutes.  In 2013, he was recruited by Jerusalem’s Hadassah Academic College to write a proposal for an undergraduate program in behavioral sciences.  When the proposal was approved by Israel’s Council for Higher Education, he was asked to head the new department which opened in the fall of 2016, where he continues to serve as Chair.


  • Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy 
    Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Summer 2017
  • The Stigma of Poverty: A Critique of Poverty Theories and Policies 
    Pergamon Press, 1977
    Second Edition, 1983
  • America's Jews in Transition 
    Temple University Press, 1983 
  • American Aliya 
    Wayne State University Press, 1989
  • Jewish Baby Boomers: A Communal Perspective 
    State University of New York Press, 2001 


  • Historical Dictionary of Zionism 
    Scarecrow Press, 2000; Second Edition, 2008; Paperback Edition titled, The A to Z of Zionism, 2009
    with Rafael Medoff
  • Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the “Year in Israel” 
    Yashar Books, 2007
    with Shalom Z. Berger and Daniel Jacobson

Edited and Co-edited:

  • Religious Zionism Post Disengagement: Future Directions 
    Yeshiva University Press and Ktav, 2008
  • More than a half-dozen works in such diverse areas as political sociology, ethnicity, and social thought, and Israeli society and culture, among others. 

Faculty News

"Orthodox Female Clergy Embodying Religious Authority" article by Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, is published in the Fall 2019 AJS Perspectives. Read article or check out magazine

Tartakoff CoverDepartment Chair and Associate Professor, Paola Tartakoff's new book, Conversion, Circumcision, and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe, is now available. - Order now

Professor Nancy Sinkoff's book, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, is mentioned in Tablet Magazine. - Read article

Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, receives AJS Women’s Caucus Cashmere Subvention Award for her book project Birthing Jewish Ethics: Reproduction and Ethics Amon Haredi Women in Jerusalem. This is the first time such additional awards have been given that recognize significant achievement and important scholarship.

Nancy Sinkoff's 2018 volume of Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin, has been awarded the 2019 Book Prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society. - Rutgers, The Current

Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, received a grant to attend the Teaching with Impact Workshop hosted by the Israel Institute this coming January - Read more

Review of Nancy Sinkoff's book, Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin -  Read review

Azzan Yadin-Israel writes review in the Marginalia Review of Books, "St. Augustine's Jews and the Undeserving Poor" - Read now

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