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2019 Annual Assessment

  • This year, Jewish communities have been more concerned with local reactions to political and social developments in various countries around the world than with issues of Jewish identity or goals common to the Jewish people writ large.
  • As the political discourse has become more focused and sharpened, opinions have become polarized and Jews within and across communities have experienced even more problems with intra-Jewish dialogue.
  • Rising anti-Semitism poses a major challenge to Jews the world over, but in Israel the gravity of the situation has not yet registered, and the necessary adjustments of policy have not been made.
  • Israel’s cultural richness, and the special culture of Israel’s Jews, is deepening the gap between Jews who have different interpretations of Jewish identity. This could impact and widen the gap between Israel and Diaspora communities.
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