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Date: 2011
Abstract: Europe is in the midst of a rapid political and economic unification. What does this mean for the Jewish minority – numbering less than 2 million people and still suffering from the aftermath of the Shoah? Will the Jewish communities participate in Europe’s bold venture without risking total assimilation? Are they vibrant enough to form a new Jewish center alongside Israel and the American Jewish community, or are they hopelessly divided and on a “Road to Nowhere”? Different perspectives are predicted, relating to demographical, cultural and sociological aspects. This volume provides exciting, thorough and controversial answers by renowned scholars from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin America – many of them also committed to local Jewish community building. Table of contents Contents Part I: The Jewish World Context Jews in Europe: Demographic Trends, Contexts and Outlooks Sergio DellaPergola The European Jewish Diaspora: The Third Pillar of World Jewry? Gabriel Sheffer Cultural Pluralism as an American Zionist Option for Solidarity and its Relevance for Today's European Jewry Ofer Schiff Part II: European Jewish Experiences Between Eurasia and Europe: Jewish Community and Identities in Contemporary Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Ze'ev Khanin A Dual, Divided Modernization. Reflections on 200 Years of the Jewish Reform Movement in Germany Micha Brumlik Ghosts of the Past, Challenges of the Present: New and Old "Others" in Contemporary Spain Raanan Rein/ Martina Weisz The Dialectics of the Diaspora. On the Art of Being Jewish in the Swedish Minority Lars Dencik Does European Jewry need a New Ethnic Spiritual Umbrella? Reflections Yosef Gorny Farewell to Europe? On French Jewish Skepticism about the New Universalism Pierre Birnbaum The Return of the European Jewish Diaspora. New Ethno-National Constellations since 1989 Michal Y. Bodeman Reading Between the Lines. Assertion and Reassertion in European Jewish Life Antony Lerman Part III: Anti Semitism, Israel and Jewish Politics Hate Against the Others. About the Fatal Chain Creating Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism Thomas Gergely "Anti-Semites of the Continent Unite!" Is the East Still Different? Raphael Vago Anti-Semitism or Judeophobia? The intellectual Debate in France 2000-2005 Denis Charbit From Anti-Jewish Prejudice to Political Anti-Semitism? On Dynamics of Anti-Semitism in Post-Communist Hungary A Mediterranean Bridge over Troubled Water. Cultural Ideas on How to Reconcile Israel with Its Neighbors and with Europe David Ohana The Future of European Jewry - A Changing Condition in a Changing Context? Shmuel Trigano