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Russian-Speaking Jews And Germany’s Local Jewry

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One of the most surprising items of news in the late twentieth century was that the Jewish population in re-unified Germany had become the third largest in Europe, following the communities in France and Great Britain. The Jewish leaders in Germany expected that Russian Jews would undertake gradual, but sustainable steps of assimilation into the Jewish communities. German-speaking Jews, especially those who grew up in Western Germany, are usually well established in society: many are doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, artists or scholars. In a few communities, Russian Jews are even demanding a Russian-speaking rabbi. Russian-speaking rabbis of Chabad are very successful among Jewish immigrants in Germany-Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden and Düsseldorf. Many European Jews have developed a kind of ?dual allegiance" over recent decades, as Jews, and as respected members of the nations they belong to.

Keywords: German Jewry; Russian Jews



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