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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.
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.
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.
The survey focuses on the interface between Jewish identity and the social and political attitudes of Jews and aims to produce a profile of the community.
The end of the Cold War opened up new possibilities and new challenges for the Jews of Europe. This report describes some of the new possibilities available for the first time post-1989 for a possible Jewish renaissance.