Born in NYC. First generation college educated. PH.D. from City University Graduate Center in Sociology of Religion. Lived worked and studied in Israel for six years. Taught public school in New Haven as a first profession before entering the academic world . Has been contingent faculty at Southern Connecticut State University since 1997. I have a keen interest as to how social scientists study the American Jewish Community and believe that their focus must be broadened and made relevant to include previously ignored groups, such as the so called non-elites.