Topics: Jewish Future, Strategic Planning, Globalisation, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Diaspora, Antisemitism, Main Topic: Other, Demography, Jewish Identity, Jewish Community, Jewish Status, Jewish Education, Religious Observance
Abstract: In February 2016, the 2nd Matanel Think Tank met in Pomezia, Italy to discuss the future of European Jewry. The attendees, professional or laypersons, serve their communities in the areas of research, planning, or rabbinical and educational guidance. Representing more than ten European countries, and diverse cultural backgrounds and religious denominations, they express a variety of points of view regarding the issues on the agenda of the Jewish people. This Matanel Paper makes available to the vast public a summary of the debates and the conclusions. Contents: Foreword - Joëlle Aflalo and Gad Boukobza Program Introduction - Eliahu Birnbaum Summary of the Deliberations - Benjamin Myers Jews in Europe - Ami Bouganim Think Tank Participants
Topics: Jewish Revival, Jewish Future, Policy, Jewish status, boundaries, Main Topic: Identity and Community
Topics: intermarriage, jewish status, marriage, assimilation, affiliation, Main Topic: Identity and Community, Jewish Identity
Abstract: Against a background of continuing erosion of Jewish numbers, the book investigates the many facets of Jewish identity by throwing the spotlight on people of part-Jewish descent, on born Jews on the fringes of Jewish life and those who have sought alternative affiliations. Emma Klein also calls for a response from religious and lay leaders to parochial communal attitudes and the anomaly of the definition of Jewish status in Jewish law which may be seen to contribute to the erosion.