The Challenges Facing British Jewry

By Leslie Wagner

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), February 15, 2011

The challenges facing British Jewry now are little different from those that have faced Diaspora Jewry generally over the past one hundred years or more, namely, the twin problems of assimilation and anti-Semitism. The author argues that there need be no fears about the Jewish identity of the strictly Orthodox community in the UK. The key to whether British Jewry can arrest its decline will be the performance of the other sections, and particularly the centrist Orthodox communities. Their challenge is to show that a Jewish lifestyle that is not strictly Orthodox can ensure Jewish continuity.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Antisemitism, Membership, Rabbis, Orthodox Judaism, Day Schools, Israel Attachment, Community Development, Assimilation, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Changing Jewish Communities

Volume/Issue: No. 65/15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United Kingdom

Language: English

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Wagner, Leslie. The Challenges Facing British Jewry. Changing Jewish Communities. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 15 February 2011:


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