Jewish Paris: A City of Contrasts

Thursday, April 25

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

In 2024, Paris is still one of the main Jewish centers in the world. Local community member and activist Emmanuelle Stein will describe what Jewish life looks like today in Paris, especially in light of the October 7th attacks and the increase in antisemitism.

We will learn about the beginnings of the Jewish presence in Paris since the Middle Ages, their emancipation under Napoleon, and the events of WWII. We will comment on the waves of modern Jewish immigration to the city, first from Eastern Europe and then from North Africa, and discover their neighborhoods, synagogues, and community institutions.

Finally, Emmanuelle will discuss her experience as a Jewish woman in Paris nowadays, as a member of the Masorti congregation, as an employee of the Jewish Reform community, and as a militant for human rights dedicated to the integration of refugees.

About Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle Stein was born in Paris, France, where she was always anchored to Jewish life through school and youth movements. She graduated from Sorbonne's Master of International Relations, Humanitarian Aid and International Development and completed a training in Cultural Entrepreneurship. 

She has many years of experience working with refugees and has also worked for the FUSJ (Fonds Social Juif Unifié - French Jewish community) as a project manager for young Jews. In April 2018, she set up the NGO "Exilophone" dedicated to the integration of refugees through arts and music.

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With your contribution, you will also be donating to Exilophone, an NGO dedicated to the integration of refugees in France through arts and music. They organize music workshops, concerts and festivals that connect refugees with locals and help building bridges between different communities (Jewish, Muslim, Christian and others).

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