Waxman, Chaim I.

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  • 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. 

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