TRANSITIONS – THE JEWISH DIASPORA IN EUROPE
Jewish Museum Frankfurt
15 – 16 March 2020
The past ten years have seen attacks on Jewish institutions in various European cities, and Jews have been verbally and physically attacked with violence. In the year of its reopening, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt is consequently evaluating the situation of Jewish life in Europe.
The symposium reflects on the paradoxical developments characteristic of the European Jewish diaspora. On the one hand, Jewish life is increasingly at risk while organized membership of Jewish Communities is decreasing across Europe. On the other hand, growing numbers of young Jews are openly articulating their Jewishness, contributing to raising the visibility of the multiple Jewish voices in Europe.
Is Europe a cultural and political space in which Jewish life can flourish just as it does in the United States and Israel, or is the Jewish diaspora on the European continent in the process of disappearing? Which frame conditions have to be secured or created for Jews to continue living an autonomous life? And what role should Jewish museums play here?
The Jewish Museum is organizing this symposium over a day and a half to contribute to a differentiated discussion on the present situation of Jews and to combine expert discourse with reflections on social and political developments. Given the atmosphere of threat to which Jews in Europe are exposed, the symposium offers a platform for visions that should pave the way for future coexistence and a Jewish future in Europe.
15-16 March 2020
Admission free, all contributions will be simultaneously translated into German/English
The symposium is sponsored by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future
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