A Road to Nowhere?: Jewish Experiences in Unifying Europe by Olaf Glockner , Anja Kreienbrink Julius H. Schoeps

By Olaf Glockner , Anja Kreienbrink Julius H. Schoeps

Europe is in the middle of a speedy political and fiscal unification. What does this suggest for the Jewish minority - numbering under 2 million humans and nonetheless being affected by the aftermath of the Shoah? Will the Jewish groups perform Europe's daring enterprise with no risking overall assimilation? Are they bright adequate to shape a brand new Jewish middle along Israel and the yankee Jewish group, or are they hopelessly divided and on a "Road to Nowhere"? various views are anticipated, in relation to demographical, cultural and sociological points. This quantity presents interesting, thorough and debatable solutions through well known students from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin the USA - lots of them additionally dedicated to neighborhood Jewish neighborhood construction. This ebook can also be to be had in paperback.

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The Jewish Diaspora also exhibits a vacillating interest in returning to the homeland. Given the abundance of parallels between the Jewish Diaspora and other ethno-nationalreligious Diasporas, we may assume that like all these other Diasporas also the European Jewish Diaspora will not disappear. For this reason, Jewish activists and academics should try to learn from the strategies of other Diasporas and apply this knowledge to the rapidly growing Jewish Diaspora in Europe. The Revival and Reorganization of the European Jewish Diaspora When reevaluating the renaissance of the European Jewish Diaspora and the likelihood of it becoming the third pillar of the Jewish People, the main changes it is undergoing should be studied and mentioned very carefully.

This article attempts to answer these fundamental questions. Optimistic and Pessimistic Evaluations A few years ago Professor Bernard Wasserstein published a pessimistic prognosis for the European Jewish Diaspora (Wasserstein, 1996). The book attracted considerable attention, and many diasporic activists and even more experienced analysts are still convinced of the author’s the european jewish diaspora 37 gloomy outlook. Although Wasserstein mentioned a number of positive developments in the German, French and British Jewish communities, his conclusions regarding the future of Europe’s Jewish Diaspora as an organized entity were fatalistic.

Optimists like Pinto base their views mainly on historical and contemporary cultural and social developments after the fall of the Soviet Union and in light of the positive processes in East European democracies, such as their entry into the European Union. These analysts’ convictions are based on the following developments: the cultural revival of European Jewry; the renewal and expansion of Jewish education in most “host countries” (especially Russia and former Soviet republics); the establishment of a large number of thriving organizations; the Jewish communities’ participation in the cultural, social, and political life of their “host countries”; and social and cultural dialogues 1 Diana Pinto, Towards an European Jewish Identity.

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