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The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000$
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Todd Endelman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227194

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227194.001.0001

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The Fracturing of Anglo-Jewry (1945–2000)

The Fracturing of Anglo-Jewry (1945–2000)

(p.229) Chapter 6 The Fracturing of Anglo-Jewry (1945–2000)
The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000

Todd M. Endelman

University of California Press

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

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