There is an ongoing political debate as to whether or to what extent the United
Kingdom is a part of ‘Europe’. Clearly a journal published in the UK that
seeks to explore the dimensions of Jewish life throughout Europe has, from
its inception, celebrated this broader aspect of British Jewish identity. But
by focusing on continental Europe we have sometimes neglected aspects of
Jewish life in Britain itself. This was brought home to the editor when he
attended a conference in London organized by Sue Vice and Axel Stähler
called: ‘Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain’. When invited to publish the
proceedings in the journal the organizers readily agreed and expanded the
initial list of contributors. So it is with gratitude and pleasure that I hand over
the editorial task to them for the bulk of this issue.
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