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This paper details the findings and conclusions of the JPR Working Party on Television, which was predicated on the belief that there is a case for seriously considering television as a catalyst for reinvigorating contemporary Jewish culture.
South African Jews, with their high level of general education and exposure to Western culture, combined with a relatively high level of religious observance and education, are an interesting community in which to test out how Jewish beliefs and values are operationalized in the social world.
Debate on culture is taking place among Jews in terms of the nature and content of Jewish cultures. But Jewish cultures are changing, as they have always done; this fact is most evident in both lsrael and North America. European Jews must be able to develop an independent and vibrant culture.
For 13 and 14 year olds affiliated with Conservative synagogues in the United States, attachment to Israel is very high. In fact, it is much stronger than among American Jewish adults in general.
This report documents for the first time the giving patterns of British Jews and their support for a wide range of both Jewish and other charities and establishes a strong relationship between religious outlook and giving patterns.
This paper makes a case for considering television as a catalyst for reinvigorating Jewish culture. Changes in technology can provide a unique opportunity for creating a Jewish presence on television, which should express and enhance Jewish culture as a creative force within society.
Seldom has any community undergone as dramatic, complete and irreversible a change in so short a period as the Jews of Ethiopia. As a result, many features of Ethiopian Jewish life remain little understood, especially with regard to their immigration and adaptation to Israeli society.
'The Hebron agreement represented acknowledgement by Netanyahu of the realities of the Israeli-Arab peace-making process as well as of the pressures of American power. It rescued Israel, at least for the time being, from a deteriorating international position.' Joseph Alpher
Overall it was found that 43 per cent of the sample felt a strong attachment to Israel. Yet, if current trends prevail, attachment to Zionism and to the Jewish state could become the concern of only a minority with a mostly Traditional or Orthodox religious outlook.
Today most British Jews are less likely than earlier generations to marry, and if they do it is generally at a later age, often in their thirties. Alternative lifestyles, including cohabitation and same-sex relationships, are also much more common nowadays. These new patterns require new responses.