Europe is in the midst of a rapid political and economic unification. What does this mean for the Jewish minority – numbering less than 2 million people and still suffering from the aftermath of the Shoah? Will the Jewish communities participate in Europe’s bold venture without risking total assimilation? Are they vibrant enough to form a new Jewish center alongside Israel and the American Jewish community, or are they hopelessly divided and on a “Road to Nowhere”?
Different perspectives are predicted, relating to demographical, cultural and sociological aspects. This volume provides exciting, thorough and controversial answers by renowned scholars from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin America – many of them also committed to local Jewish community building.
Julius H. Schoeps is Emeritus Professor for German-Jewish History at the University of Potsdam. He is the Director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center of European Jewish Studies in Potsdam. His main foci of research are German-Jewish history and Zionism, migration research, modern anti-Semitism and art plunder during Nazi rule in Germany.
Olaf Glöckner is an historian and project assistant at the Moses Mendelssohn Center of European Jewish Studies in Potsdam. He is specialized in contemporary Russian Jewish Immigration to Israel and Germany and in European Jewish developments after 1989.
Table of contents
Part I: The Jewish World Context Jews in Europe: Demographic Trends, Contexts and Outlooks
Sergio DellaPergola The European Jewish Diaspora: The Third Pillar of World Jewry?
Gabriel Sheffer Cultural Pluralism as an American Zionist Option for Solidarity and its Relevance for Today's European Jewry
Ofer Schiff Part II: European Jewish Experiences Between Eurasia and Europe: Jewish Community and Identities in Contemporary Russia and Ukraine
Vladimir Ze'ev Khanin A Dual, Divided Modernization. Reflections on 200 Years of the Jewish Reform Movement in Germany
Micha Brumlik Ghosts of the Past, Challenges of the Present: New and Old "Others" in Contemporary Spain
Raanan Rein/ Martina Weisz The Dialectics of the Diaspora. On the Art of Being Jewish in the Swedish Minority
Lars Dencik Does European Jewry need a New Ethnic Spiritual Umbrella? Reflections
Yosef Gorny Farewell to Europe? On French Jewish Skepticism about the New Universalism
Pierre Birnbaum The Return of the European Jewish Diaspora. New Ethno-National Constellations since 1989
Michal Y. Bodeman Reading Between the Lines. Assertion and Reassertion in European Jewish Life
Antony Lerman Part III: Anti Semitism, Israel and Jewish Politics Hate Against the Others. About the Fatal Chain Creating Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism
Thomas Gergely "Anti-Semites of the Continent Unite!" Is the East Still Different?
Raphael Vago Anti-Semitism or Judeophobia? The intellectual Debate in France 2000-2005
Denis Charbit From Anti-Jewish Prejudice to Political Anti-Semitism? On Dynamics of Anti-Semitism in Post-Communist Hungary
A Mediterranean Bridge over Troubled Water. Cultural Ideas on How to Reconcile Israel with Its Neighbors and with Europe
David Ohana The Future of European Jewry - A Changing Condition in a Changing Context?
Scholars of Modern History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Politics, Science of Culture and Religion.