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A Jewish awakening

Jews in Britain have never been more culturally confident or politically diverse. Why, then, are so many of their leaders scared?

Over the past couple of decades, the Jewish community in Britain has been enjoying a cultural renaissance. Yet despite this—indeed perhaps because of this—many prominent Jewish leaders and institutions now claim that Anglo-Jewry is in unprecedented danger.

The British Jewish community’s cultural lethargy used to estrange many of its leading intellectuals. As Stephen Brook wrote in The Club, his perceptive study of British Jewry in 1989: “scan the cultural pages of the Jewish Chronicle and weep.” But since the early 1990s there has been a concerted attempt, both within the mainstream institutions of Anglo-Jewry and at its more radical fringes,…

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