European Jewry

Jewish Life, 50 Years From Now

11/17/2015 - 19:00

Commentary Magazine, on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, has published a symposium, “The Jewish Future,” with brief predictions by 70 people on what will be the condition of the Jewish community 50 years from now.  What follows is a subjective selection of ideas from that issue.

Heritage Tourism In Europe

10/12/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

From Poland to Portugal, nobody knows Jewish Europe like Ruth Ellen Gruber.

On a given week, the Philadelphia-born journalist might be checking out a newly opened museum, inspecting the restoration of a prewar synagogue, or picking her way through forest brambles in search of long-lost tombstones. That explains how Gruber found herself recently in the wilderness south of Prague, where she stumbled onto an 18th-century Jewish cemetery in a clearing near a faded sign marking “Synagogue Street.”

The synagogue at Ustek in the Czech Republic, one of the highlights of the Czech 10 Stars Project. Wikimedia Commons

Don’t Write Off European Jewry

Serious threats, but sparks of renewal.

10/28/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

For many American Jews the well-documented reports of increased anti-Semitism this summer in such countries as England, France, Hungary, Germany and Sweden, sparked by the Gaza war, only confirmed a perception that there is no future for Jewish life in Europe.

Gary Rosenblatt

Bread Alone is Not Enough

Efforts to get Jewish books to Holocaust survivors in Europe
02/21/2011 - 19:00

In the spring of 1946, Zalman Grinberg and Josef Rosenzaft, representatives of Jewish Holocaust survivors and Displaced Persons (DPs) in the American and British zones of post-World War II Europe, respectively, visited the United States. “Bread alone is not enough,” they poignantly pleaded to American Jews, “Send us poets, writers and singers to show us that Jewish life is not dead.”

Presentation of donation of books to JDC from the National Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America, c. 1945.

Jewish Renaissance In Europe Presents A Surprising Challenge

01/17/2011 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

‘France is a great place for Jews to live,” the young woman on film was saying. “It’s a challenging environment but a welcoming environment.”

The audience practically gasped on hearing her remarks, which seemed so far removed from their expectations of Jewish life in France.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Innovation Not Confined To U.S.

 Conventional wisdom has it that young American Jews are leading the trend toward innovation in Jewish life through entrepreneurial start-ups. There is also the widespread belief that European Jewry is on its last legs, the victim of an aging and shrinking population, and the rise of anti-Semitism, primarily from Arab Muslim immigrants.

But a survey of new Jewish initiatives in Europe concludes that per capita, young Europeans are even more active than their American counterparts in these social, educational, cultural and historical ventures.

Young European Jews Asserting Identity, Against The Odds

Swedish ‘incubator’ project training young leaders, resisting the notion that Jewish life is dying.
08/17/2010 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

 Stockholm — When the tall Hungarian woman in the back of the room rose to speak, I could see the passion and flash of anger in her face. She was the first to raise her hand after my talk to 27 young men and women from both Eastern and Western Europe, participants in a 10-day program in the Swedish capital for academics and activists committed to enhancing Jewish life in their native countries.

Gary Rosenblatt
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