Gleams and Shadows of Jewish Life in France

Sunday, July 30

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

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

France has currently the largest Jewish population in Europe. Paris born Emmanuelle Stein will describe what pluralistic Judaism looks like through the eyes of a young Jewish woman and activist for human rights.

She will provide an overview of the Jewish presence in France from the Middle Ages to present day, including the several waves of immigration (mainly from Eastern Europe and North Africa) that makes most of today's community. French Jewish history successively alternated between periods of tolerance and prosperity and the ordeal of insecurity and anti-Semitism, with both phenomena sometimes coexisting in parallel. We will also learn about the story of her family in France, before, during and after the Second World War.

Finally, Emmanuelle will tell us about her experience nowadays in Paris, as member of the conservative congregation, as a former employee of the Jewish Community of France (FUSJ) and as a Director of the NGO "Exilophone", dedicated to the integration of refugees.

A compelling journey adorned with an artistic focus and full of anecdotes.

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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