The Fracturing of Anglo-Jewry (1945–2000)

Todd M. Endelman

in The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520227194
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935662 | DOI:
The Fracturing of Anglo-Jewry (1945–2000)

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This chapter focuses on the fracturing of the Anglo-Jewry during the period from 1945 to 2000. It explains that after the war Jews were able to enter the professions and the new service industries and some of them were appointed high-profile positions in government, in universities, and in public life. However, this development was accompanied by indifference to ritual and worship, ignorance of Jewish learning and lore and radical assimilation which threatened the demographic health of the Jewish community. By the end of the twentieth century, the religious life of Anglo-Jewry was more diverse, fractured, and contentious than in any previous period.

Keywords: Anglo-Jewry; professions; service industries; ritual; worship; Jewish learning; radical assimilation; Jewish community; religious life

Chapter.  11499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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