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 course of a speedy political and fiscal unification. What does this suggest for the Jewish minority - numbering lower than 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 vivid adequate to shape a brand new Jewish middle along Israel and the yankee Jewish neighborhood, or are they hopelessly divided and on a "Road to Nowhere"? diverse views are expected, in relation to demographical, cultural and sociological facets. This quantity offers intriguing, thorough and arguable solutions by way of popular students from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin the USA - lots of them additionally dedicated to neighborhood Jewish group construction. This e-book can also be on hand in paperback.

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The results are graphically demonstrated in Figure 9 by country HDI quintiles. While over time this ratio tended to decline constantly and consistently across the board, it was again more resilient in countries better equipped from the socio-economic point of view. 6 per 1000 in the bottom quintile. 1 in the bottom. 0 Lowest 4 3 2 Highest HDI quintiles Figure 9. Jews per 1,000 population, by country HDI quintiles, 1970–2008 pull and repel in the receiving countries, provided there existed free opportunities for international migration.

38 gabriel sheffer between Jews and Christians and even with Moslems (whose numbers are dramatically increasing in Europe). The optimists argue that a Jewish-Christian-Moslem dialogue is desirable and feasible, and may reduce the recrudescent anti-Semitism in some European countries (especially France and Italy). Furthermore, advocates of this approach claim that many European Jews of diverse personal and social backgrounds are returning to Judaism and renewing their ties with the community along modern and post-modern lines.

Given the extent of geographical and demographic changes, there is a growing tendency and demand toward both formal and informal membership and involvement in the communities. Despite these changes, further reorganization in the communities is urgently needed. Reconstruction and reorganization depend to a large extent on the ability to raise sufficient funds for the cultural, social, political and economic development of the European Jewish Diaspora. Despite the current economic crisis and difficulty in acquiring the required sums, it seems that the Jewish communities and organizations will succeed in obtaining them, to an extent with the support of American Jewry.

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