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Introduction To The Jewish Community Of France

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The Jewish community of France is the second largest and one of the most vibrant communities in the world today. The main part of the book presents the results and analysis of a national survey of the Jews of France conducted in 2002 and several follow-up studies. The "Jewish fact", to paraphrase Durkheim, takes into account the ways of acting, thinking and feeling of individuals who define themselves as Jews. At the same time the Jewish fact, which impacts the ideas makes about the Jewish existence, pre-exists the person and is external to individual consciousness. The survey of Jewish education found that Jewish schools were high quality and that there was amazing potential for expanding participation. The current study explores various facets of the demographics, community structure, identity, and values of French Jews based on empirical data analyzed in the historical, political and cultural context outlined.

Keywords: durkheim; French Jews; Jewish Community; Jewish fact



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