European Judaism

A Journal for the New Europe

Editor: Jonathan Magonet


Subjects: Jewish Studies


 Available on JSTOR


Published in association with the Leo Baeck College and the Michael Goulston Education Foundation 

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 54 (2021): Issue 1 (Mar 2021)

Volume 54 / 2021, 2 issues per volume (spring, autumn)

Aims & Scope

For more than 50 years, European Judaism has provided a voice for the postwar Jewish world in Europe. It has reflected the different realities of each country and helped to rebuild Jewish consciousness after the Holocaust.

The journal offers stimulating debates exploring the responses of Judaism to contemporary political, social, and philosophical challenges; articles reflecting the full range of contemporary Jewish life in Europe, and including documentation of the latest developments in Jewish-Muslim dialogue; new insights derived from science, psychotherapy, and theology as they impact upon Jewish life and thought; literary exchange as a unique exploration of ideas from leading Jewish writers, poets, scholars, and intellectuals with a variety of documentation, poetry, and book reviews section; and book reviews covering a wide range of international publications.

"European Judaism makes an important contribution to the quest for a global ethic. It explores the inner workings of the Jewish world, with particular insight into the psychological and spiritual challenges of life after the Shoah. But at the same time it is a medium for dialogue, examining in particular the relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is indeed a journal for the 'new' Europe."  —Prof. Dr. Hans Kueng, Tuebingen

"By setting current problems and issues against the background of tradition with such scholarly precision and insight, European Judaism is making an invaluable contribution to the effort to restore to European Jewry the continuity which was so tragically ruptured during the Holocaust." —Karen Armstrong


Indexing/Abstracting

European Judaism is indexed/abstracted in:

  • ATLA Religion Database
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • Current Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur (De Gruyter Saur)
  • IBR - Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur (De Gruyter Saur)
  • Index Islamicus
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals (Ebsco)
  • Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (RAMBI)
  • Jewish Studies Source (EBSCO)
  • Middle East: Abstracts and Index (Reference Corporation)
  • Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies (EBSCO)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Periodicals Index Online (Proquest)
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection (Gale)
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)

Founder: Michael Goulston

Editor: Jonathan Magonet

Managing Editor: Jenny Pizer

Editorial Board:
Marion Berghahn
Amanda Golby
Deborah Kahn-Harris
Melissa Raphael
Marc Saperstein
Naomi Segal
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler

Correspondents:
Yehoyada Amir
Pauline Bebe
Annette Boeckler
Michael A. Meyer
Allen Podet
Michael Shire
Ursula Rudnik
Edward Van Voolen

Former Consultants:
Lionel Blue z"l
Elisabeth Maxwell z"l
Elie Wiesel z"l

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Please e-mail submissions to the European Judaism editor at european.judaism@lbc.ac.uk.

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The Managing Editor, European Judaism
Leo Baeck College
The Sternberg Centre for Judaism
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London, N3 2SY
United Kingdom

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Ethics Statement

Authors published in European Judaism (EJ) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete EJ ethics statement.

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Transmitted Holocaust Trauma

A Matter of Myth and Fairy Tales?

Author: Philippe Codde

This essay will examine the concept of third-generation trauma after the Holocaust and the ways in which Jewish American novelists seek to access, recreate and artistically represent (or 're-present') such a traumatic past that is by definition inaccessible. A striking feature in the novels by the latest generation of Jewish American writers – notably the work of Jonathan Safran Foer and Judy Budnitz – is the almost obsessive return to mythology and fairy tales in the literary recreation of their grandparents' era. My essay will argue that this is due to a commonality of purpose that characterizes and drives both mythology and fairy tales on the one hand, and the third generation's imaginative, postmemorial approach to the past on the other hand.

Author: Tracy K. Harris

This paper examines the current state of Ladino as a spoken everyday language of communication. Research has shown that there are very few competent speakers of the language under the age of sixty throughout the world. Negative language attitudes as well as assimilation into the dominant cultures and choice of the dominant language(s) are contributing factors to this decline. However, this decline in linguistic skills does not reflect the promotional efforts on behalf of Ladino and Sephardic culture which are discussed at length in the paper. The end result is that language loss does not mean the decline of Sephardic ethnicity and culture, which are presently thriving.

Ladino in Turkey

The Situation Today as Reflected by the Ladino Database Project

Judeo-Spanish is today considered to be an endangered language even though there has been much research into it. The Ladino Database Project, which has been set up and conducted by the Sephardic Center in Istanbul (www.instanbulsephardiccenter.com), aims at documenting the spoken Judeo-Spanish of the last native speakers in Istanbul. The data, which will soon be available on the internet, will be invaluable for all researchers of the language and culture.

'An Expensive Death'

Walter Benjamin at Portbou

Author: John Payne

As we returned south in the gloaming to Portbou, the doubts resurfaced. The Right is gathering strength again, not least in France and Spain. The borders may be open within Europe, but they remain largely closed to refugees and asylum-seekers from beyond Europe's borders. These nameless people include the bodies washed up every week on the shores of the Straits of Gibraltar, Africans trying in vain to escape tyranny, war and hatred and - the greatest oppression of all - poverty. What happened at Portbou is important to all of us. We all need to descend that staircase, confront our own mortality, confront the harm we do every day to one another and to our planet. The crimes that are committed by soldiers, police and bureaucrats - in our names.

Author: Edward Kessler

The Social Media has become an important part of our (online) lives, in an incredibly short period of time. This paper will explore to what extent it contributes to fostering interfaith dialogue. Its impact depends on the people who use it - and how they use it. The Social Media challenges traditional hierarchies (including religious hierarchies) because control moves from website owners to users which means that “everyone is a publisher and everyone is a critic.“ Although the less personal nature of online communication makes it easier for information to be distorted, there are examples of good practice to promote interfaith dialogue. The Social Media can also overcome ignorant stereotypes and combat prejudice, (although it is also (ab)used to promote prejudice). In interfaith dialogue, the Social Media needs to provide a safe space for users, to facilitate trust and to help users feel a sense of connection with the 'other'. Although this can be more easily achieved in a face-to- face encounter because the 'virtual world' will only ever be virtual, the Social Media should be integrated into interfaith dialogue so that it not only contributes to positive political change but also to furthering inter- religious understanding.