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JPR's Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, presented at a landmark conference on the future of European Jewry, held in Rome in February.
The conference, organised and sponsored by the Luxembourg-based Matanel Foundation, convened forty thinkers and community leaders from fourteen different countries to explore a wide range of issues in contemporary European Jewish life, with a particular focus on how to work together across the various differences that exist to help build the collective. It included in-depth discussions about the contribution European Jews should make to Europe as a whole, and the role European Jewry should play within the wider global Jewish discourse.
As JPR increasingly turns its focus to issues across Europe, the deliberations will feed into its European research programme and help to strengthen the links between JPR and key players in European Jewish life.
Participants included the renowned Jewish scholar and philosopher Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Professor Robert Braun (former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Hungary), Rabbi Ricardo Di Segni (Chief Rabbi of Rome), Rabbi Dr Dov Maimon (Jewish Policy Institute, Israel), Dr Ami Bouganim (Matanel Foundation and the Euro-Mediterranean Institute), David Revcolevschi (former MENA analyst at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Board member of the Consistoire and Fonds Social), Rabbi Eliyahu Birnbaum (Chief Rabbi of Turin and Director of the Straus-Amiel Institute), Ilana Cicurel (CEO of the Alliance Israelite Universelle in France) and Barbara Spectre (Founding Director of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden).