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JPR launched its latest report – European Jewish identity: mosaic or monolith – at the European Commission in Brussels in April, at an event hosted by the EC Commissioner on Combating Antisemitism.
The report, based on data JPR gathered for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2012, provides a unique view of European Jewish identity, and draws important comparisons with the Jewish populations of Israel and the United States.
JPR Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, introduced the event by sharing background data on European Jewry, and highlighting how European Jewish life has changed over time. Report author, Dr David Graham, one of JPR’s Senior Research Fellows, then presented the report’s findings. In his comments he noted:
“This report represents far more than the culmination of an empirical assessment of Jewish identity. Never before has it been possible to examine Jewish identity across Europe in anything approaching a coherent and systematic way. Prior to the FRA’s survey, it was almost inconceivable that an analysis of this kind could be carried out at all. The formidable obstacles of cost, language, political and logistical complexity seemed to present impenetrable barriers to the realisation of any such dream. Yet this is exactly what has been achieved, a report made possible through an FRA initiative into furthering understanding of Jewish peoples' experience of antisemitism. It reveals a European Jewry that is more mosaic than monolith, an array of Jewish communities, each exhibiting unique Jewish personas, yet united by geography and a common cultural heritage.”
The report can be found in the publications section of this website, and can be downloaded free of charge.