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Farewell To Europe? On French Jewish Skepticism About The New Universalism

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This chapter discusses the German case and describes to what extent similar characteristics can be separably observed in Jewish communities elsewhere in Europe and beyond. Six aspects that need to be looked at in some detail are: (1) the political role of Jewish communities in the national context in which they are embedded; (2) the question of Jewish immigration; (3) the impact of Muslim immigration to Europe; (4) the question of a liminal Judaising periphery; (5) characteristics of Jewish demography and internal structuration and (6) the role of Israel and of the Holocaust for the European Diaspora.

Keywords:ethno-national constellations; European Jewish Diaspora; Germany; Holocaust; Israel; Jewish immigration; Muslim immigration


This chapter focuses on the European Jewish Diaspora and the changes that influence it. It analyzes today's European Jewish Diaspora and the direction it should take in order to meet the challenges of the future. The analysis is based on the argument that members and activists in this Diaspora, as well as concerned Israelis, should realize that learning from the experiences of other homelands, Diasporas and diasporans can ensure the survival and redevelopment of the Jewish Diaspora in general and the European Jewish Diaspora in particular. In view of the reemergence and growth of the various European Jewish communities, another basic question should be posed: can European Jewry become the third pillar of World Jewry, alongside Israel and the American-Jewish Diaspora? The chapter attempts to answer these fundamental questions.

Keywords:European Jewish Diaspora; World Jewry




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