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European Jews Afraid to Reveal Jewishness


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Over 85% of European Jewry won’t attend Rosh Hashana services for fear of anti-Semitism.

An alarming majority of Jews living in Europe today are afraid to reveal their Jewishness, a survey carried out by the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) published on Tuesday found.

The data indicates a severe erosion in the sense of security felt by European Jews.

The survey found that over 85% of Jews in Europe do not intend to bring their children to synagogue on Rosh Hashana to hear the shofar, out of fear of anti-Semitism.

According to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, “rabbis and community leaders from all over Europe report that more and more Jews refrain from publicly identifying as Jewish.

This presents an existential threat to European Jewry, Margolin noted.


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