In order to highlight particularly useful and important pieces of research on contemporary European Jewry, the European Jewish Research Archive is compiling a series of 'collections', available on this page. Each collection showcases a small number of items that demonstrate the depth and breadth of particular fields of research on contemporary European Jewry. The collections provide a starting point for researchers and policy-makers who wish to understand important issues in European Jewish life.
New collections will be added to this page over time and collections will be amended in the future to reflect changes in the field - so please do check this page regularly.
Collection 1: Contemporary European Jewry - 10 Key Studies
Research on contemporary European Jewry is a disparate field, covering many countries and many themes. Where to start? This collection collates 10 key studies that provide a firm foundation for understanding the contemporary condition of Jews in Europe. Topics include: antisemitism, the future of European Jewish communities, the social attitudes of European Jews, Jewish identity, Jewish education.
Collection 2: Monitoring European Antisemitism
Combating antisemitism effectively requires a firm evidence base on which to work. In the past few years, Jewish communities in many European countries have developed such an evidence base through issuing regular monitoring reports on antisemitic incidents. This collection highlights the latest reports from a number of European antisemitism monitoring projects and will be updated as new reports are released.
Collection 3: European Jewish Migrations
Jews have always been a people in motion, and emigration and immigration have been important elements of recent Jewish life in many European countries. While the largest population flows have been from emigration from the Former Soviet Union since 1989, emigration from other countries such as France has also been significant. Conversely, some European countries have seen Jewish immigration, with the influx of FSU Jews into Germany being the most significant example.
Collection 4: Jewish education in Europe
Jewish communities across Europe commit considerable resources to the development of educational institutions and practices that nurture the Jewish knowledge and Jewish identities of both young people and adults. This collection collates items from the archive from multiple countries in Europe that investigate the various dimensions of Jewish education.