William Helmreich Wiki – William Helmreich Biography
William Helmreich (August 25, 1945 – March 28, 2020) was a professor of sociology at the City College of New York Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was also a published author (14 books as of 2013).
The City University of New York website listed Helmreich as “Distinguished Professor” and listed his areas of specialization as “race and ethnic relations, religion, immigration, risk behavior, the sociology of New York City, urban sociology, consumer behavior, and market research.”
Sad News Cause Of Death
Helmreich died of COVID-19 on March 28, 2020, in Great Neck, New York, at the age of 74, during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
Helmreich was born in 1945 in Zurich, Switzerland, the son of Holocaust survivor parents. In 1946, he “was brought to this country as an infant,” and grew up in New York City on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
William Helmreich Career
Helmreich wrote about his growing up years in a book he named ” Wake Up, Wake Up, to Do the Work of the Creator” (a phrase, spoken in Yiddish, by those who went house-to-house to awaken worshippers for daily prayer).
When asked about recordings of “many of the famous roshei Yeshiva of yesteryear” whom he interviewed, “Do you still have the recordings?” he replied “At one time I thought I did, but it seems that all I have are the transcripts.” These he donated to his alma mater, Yeshiva University.
William Helmreich Works
Books written by Helmreich include; The Manhattan Nobody Knows (2018), The Brooklyn Nobody Knows (2016), The New York Nobody Knows (2013), What Was I Thinking (2010), The Enduring Community (1998), Against All Odds (1992), Flight Path (1989), The World of the Yeshiva (1982), The things they say behind your back (1982), and The Black Crusaders (1973). He published a sociology work in 1979 titled “Old Wine in New Bottles: Advanced Yeshivot in the United States”.
William Helmreich The World of the Yeshiva
Helmreich revised his 1982 The World of the Yeshiva 18 years later by comparing sociological changes “among the strictly Orthodox” since his 1980 research. Two areas about the new edition highlighted by The New York Times are the doubling in those doing full-time “collegiate and graduate”-level religious studies and population growth