European Jewry: A New Jewish Centre in the Making?

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From 5th until 12th May 2009 the conference European Jewry: A New Jewish Centre in the Making? will be held in the Mendelssohn-Remise (Berlin). The conference is organized by the Moses Mendelssohn Centre (Potsdam) in cooperation with Klal Israel Project (Tel Aviv University).


Sunday, May 10th 2009

19:00 Greetings
Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President
of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) and President
of the Central Council of Jews in Germany
Dr. Thomas Lackmann, Head of the Mendelssohn Forum
Prof. Dr. Eliezer Ben Rafael, Klal Yisrael Tel Aviv
Prof. Dr. Yosef Gorny, Klal Yisrael Tel Aviv

19:45 Opening Lecture
Existiert ein europäisches Judentum? Zwischen demographischer Stagnation und „jüdischer Renaissance"
Prof. Dr. Julius H. Schoeps, Potsdam

Monday, May 11th 2009

Session I
Demographic developments and socio-cultural challenges in today's European Jewry
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Eliezer Ben Rafael, Tel Aviv

10:00 Recent Demographic Trends
in the European Jewish Population
Prof. Dr. Sergio DellaPergola, Jerusalem

10:30 New Developments in the Jewish Diaspora
Prof. Dr. Gabi Sheffer, Jerusalem

11:00 Reading between the Lines: Assertion
and Reassertion in European Jewish Life
Tony Lerman, former director JPR London

Session II
European Jewish Insights
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andras Kovacs, Budapest

12:00 Jewish Community and Identities
in Contemporary Russia and Ukraine
Dr. Vladimir Zeev Khanin, Tel Aviv

12:30 About Dialectics of Reform Judaism in Europe
Prof. Dr. Micha Brumlik, Frankfurt am Main

13:00 Ghosts of the Past, Challenges of the Present:
New and Old 'Others' in Contemporary Spain
Prof. Dr. Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv

Session III
Discussing a New European Jewish Self-Conception
Moderation: Dr. Aharon Zajdenberg, Tel Aviv

15:30 From Universalism to Jewishness?
French Intellectuals in Contemporary France
Prof. Dr. Pierre Birnbaum, Paris

16:00 The Return of the European Jewish Diaspora.
New Ethno-National Constellations since 1989
Prof. Dr. Michal Y. Bodemann, Toronto/Berlin

16:30 Is there a Need for a Legal Definition of the Relationship
between Israel and World Jewry?
Prof. Dr. Claude Klein, Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 12th 2009

Session IV
Anti-Semitism and Jewish Politics
Moderation: Dr. Gideon Botsch, Potsdam

10:00 "Anti-Semites of the Continent Unite!"
-Is the »East« still different?
Dr. Raphael Vago, Tel Aviv

10:30 Hate against 'The Others' and its Psychosocial Mechanisms
Prof. Dr. Thomas Gergely, Brussels

11:00 From Anti-Jewish Prejudice to Political Anti-Semitism?
The post-Communist Case
Prof. Dr. Andras Kovacs, Budapest

Session V
European Jewry and World Jewry
Moderation: Olaf Glöckner, Potsdam

12.00 On Centers, Peripheries and Frontiers.
The Changing Profile of Latin American Jewry
in a Comparative Perspective
Prof. Dr. Judit Bokser Liwerant, Mexico City

12:30 Cultural Pluralism as an American Zionist Option
for Jewish Solidarity
Dr. Ofer Schiff, Beer Sheva

13:00 Permanence and Dominance of Diaspora Jewry:
Past, Present, Future
Prof. Dr. Michael Wolffsohn, Munich

Session VI
European Jewry and Israel
Moderation: Dr. Alexandra Nocke, Berlin

15:30 Does European Jewry need an Ethnic Umbrella?
Prof. Dr. Yosef Gorny, Tel Aviv

16:00 Divergence and Convergence of Jewishness:
Israel, the US and Europe
Prof. Dr. Eliezer Ben Rafael, Tel Aviv

16:30 A Mediterranean Bridge over Troubled Water
Prof. Dr. David Ohana, Beer Sheva

19:30 Roundtable Discussion: The Future of European Jewry

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