Cultural Politics and European Jewry

By Stanley Waterman

Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), 1999

This article explores the intersection between Jewish culture and identity within modern European society. The author argues that if European Jewish communities are to survive and prosper as autonomous entities without being over-influenced by any one ideological or religious tendency in the Jewish world, or without fear of assimilation, they must be sufficiently brave to develop their own means of self-expression and to learn to live with them. The author goes on to elaborate how the secularization and rapid change in European society places European Jews in a unique position in terms of how to move forward. The author concludes by affirming that there is a unique opportunity for European Jews to develop coalitions with other cultural and religious minorities and ethnic groups in support of multiculturalism.

Topic: Continuity, Jewish Identification, Community Relations, Jewish Continuity, Discourse and Dialogue

Name of Publication: JPR Policy Paper

Volume/Issue: 1

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Europe

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Waterman, Stanley. Cultural Politics and European Jewry. JPR Policy Paper. Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). 1999:


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