Click here to search the archive
The European Jewish Research Archive (EJRA) is an online repository of research on European Jewish communities that has been published since 1990. Free to use, it has been generously funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe and collated and hosted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

It includes records of reports, journal articles, books and other materials that discuss contemporary Jewish life in Europe, and contains items written in any European language (as well as some in Hebrew), accompanied by translations into English of key information where possible. A freely downloadable pdf for each item is included in the archive whenever possible.

EJRA works in close collaboration with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, a US-based online repository of research on contemporary Jewish communities and communal policy. Users of EJRA can, if they wish, search both archives from the search page.

EJRA is an on-going project and we are adding new records all the time. You can help us both by making people aware of its existence, and by providing us with information about sources that are not currently included. In addition, you can help us by -

  • Posting about EJRA on your Facebook status
  • Tweeting about EJRA

Spotlight

Author(s): Kosmin, Barry A.
Date: 2016
Abstract: Launched by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s International Centre for Community Development (JDC-ICCD), and conducted by a research team at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut, USA) between June and August 2015, the Third Survey of European Jewish Leaders and Opinion Formers presents the results of an online survey administered to 314 respondents in 29 countries. The survey was conducted online in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Hungarian. The Survey of European Jewish Leaders and Opinion Formers is conducted every three or four years using the same format, in order to identify trends and their evolution. Findings of the 2015 edition were assessed and evaluated based on the results of previous surveys (2008 and 2011). The survey posed Jewish leaders and opinion formers a range of questions about major challenges and issues that concern European Jewish communities in 2015, and about their expectations of how communities will evolve over the next 5-10 years. The 45 questions (see Appendix) dealt with topics that relate to internal community structures and their functions, as well as the external environment affecting communities. The questionnaire also included six open-ended questions in a choice of five languages. These answers form the basis of the qualitative analysis of the report. The questions were organized under the following headings: • Vision & Change (6 questions) • Decision-Making & Control (1 question) • Lay Leadership (1 question) • Professional Leadership (2 questions) • Status Issues & Intermarriage (5 questions) • Organizational Frameworks (2 questions) • Community Causes (2 questions) • Jewish Education (1 question) • Funding (3 questions) • Communal Tensions (3 questions) • Anti-Semitism/Security (5 questions) • Europe (1 question) • Israel (1 question) • Future (2 questions) • Personal Profile (9 questions)

New Publication

Author(s): Vollebergh, Anick
Date: 2016
Abstract: Launched by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s International Centre for Community Development (JDC-ICCD), and conducted by a research team at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut, USA) between June and August 2015, the Third Survey of European Jewish Leaders and Opinion Formers presents the results of an online survey administered to 314 respondents in 29 countries. The survey was conducted online in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Hungarian. The Survey of European Jewish Leaders and Opinion Formers is conducted every three or four years using the same format, in order to identify trends and their evolution. Findings of the 2015 edition were assessed and evaluated based on the results of previous surveys (2008 and 2011). The survey posed Jewish leaders and opinion formers a range of questions about major challenges and issues that concern European Jewish communities in 2015, and about their expectations of how communities will evolve over the next 5-10 years. The 45 questions (see Appendix) dealt with topics that relate to internal community structures and their functions, as well as the external environment affecting communities. The questionnaire also included six open-ended questions in a choice of five languages. These answers form the basis of the qualitative analysis of the report. The questions were organized under the following headings: • Vision & Change (6 questions) • Decision-Making & Control (1 question) • Lay Leadership (1 question) • Professional Leadership (2 questions) • Status Issues & Intermarriage (5 questions) • Organizational Frameworks (2 questions) • Community Causes (2 questions) • Jewish Education (1 question) • Funding (3 questions) • Communal Tensions (3 questions) • Anti-Semitism/Security (5 questions) • Europe (1 question) • Israel (1 question) • Future (2 questions) • Personal Profile (9 questions)