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On Becoming a ‘Real’ Jew: An Ethnography of Adolescents’ Identity Formation in a Jewish Community in Germany
In the course of an ethnographic investigation in the youth group of a Jewish community that included participant observation, group discussions and problem-centred interviews, I gained insights into the contextualised construction of Jewish identities. Analysing identity formation as a holistic form of learning, I identify two trajectories of socially embedded identity formation: appropriating aspects of Judaism taught in the youth group and becoming a part of the Jewish collective. Within the latter trajectory, I differentiate three sub-processes: forming and evaluating social representations of the Jewish people, ascribing ‘Jewishness’ to oneself, and experiencing communality.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2020
This study focuses on two groups of Birthright Israel participants: first, those from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus and second, Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) in Germany. It is part of a larger program of research designed to understand the impact of Birthright Israel (known in the FSU and Germany as Taglit) on its participants. The study draws on pre- and post-trip surveys of the summer 2017 cohort from these countries, as well as on a long-term survey of participants from Russia and Ukraine who participated in the program during 2010-14.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2019
The authors––two sociologists and one historian––study the complex situation of Jewish communities in Germany integrating an immigrant population of Russian speaking Jews far more numerous than their original members based on the findings of a three-part empirical survey carried out in 2008 and 2009. For their analysis, the authors apply the concept of a transnational diaspora familiar to migration sociology. This allows them to focus on multiple origins, ties and affiliations at once. A further useful concept is that of insertion, here standing in for the more familiar one of integration. The authors, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Olaf Glöckner & Yitzhak Sternberg, argue that integration would imply goals such as cohesion and coherence, which Germany’s Jewry today lacks.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2013
Toby Axelrod writes about ceremonies held recently at the Roonstrasse Synagogue in Cologne where four Orthodox Rabbinical students, graduates of the traditional Orthodox Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin – were ordained, with Rabbi Chanoch Ehrentreu of England officiating. In all, eight graduates of the 3-year-old seminary -- the successor to Berlin's original Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary -- have now received their ordination, or smicha, including two in 2009 in Munich and two in 2010 in Leipzig.
Updated: Oct. 03, 2012
The Jewish Agency for Israel sponsored a student conference for nearly 400 Taglit and Masa Israel alumni in Weimar, Germany, from November 25-28, 2010. The Jewish Agency for Israel 'Student Conference: From Herzl until Today' brought together German-speaking young adults from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl. The conference focused on modern Israel, its centrality in the Jewish world, and the global campaign to de-legitimize Israel.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2011
Three new Reform rabbis will be ordained in Berlin on June 18th, 2009 in the second such ceremony held in Germany. The Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam, which is marking its 10th anniversary, will ordain Gábor Lengyel, Richard Newman and Roly Zylbersztein.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009
Two graduates of a new Berlin rabbinical program will be ordained in the first ordination of homegrown Orthodox rabbis in postwar Germany.The ceremony for the Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin will be held June 2 at the new Ohel Jacob Synagogue in Munich by the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which together founded the institute.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2009