Jewish life in Poland: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism

By Konstanty Gebert, Helena Datner

Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), September 2011

The renewal of Jewish life in Hungary and Poland comes under scrutiny in two reports just published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. The research was designed to assess the development of Jewish communities in East-Central Europe since the collapse of communism, as well as the challenges they face going forward. Research in Poland testifies to the rebirth of a small community that has a disproportionate impact on world Jewry, not least because of the importance of Polish Jewish history and heritage. It also points to increased non-Jewish interest in, and sympathy for Jewish issues, and calls for:

-greater investment in Jewish cultural and educational models that allow for new and creative expressions of Jewishness;

-continued support for the minority Orthodox community which is likely to remain a pillar of Jewish life;

-greater support for the development of non-Orthodox forms of Judaism;        

-an urgent need for the establishment of a Jewish old-age home in Warsaw.

Topic: Culture, Communism, Orthodox Judaism, Jewish Identification, Renewal and Renaissance, Pluralism, Jewish Organizations, Aging, Religious Denominations, Elderly, Community Building, Communal Organization

Funder: Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Eastern Europe , Poland

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Gebert, Konstanty. Datner, Helena. Jewish life in Poland: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism. Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). September 2011:


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