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Homes Away from HomeJewish Belonging in Twentieth-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg$
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Sarah Wobick-Segev

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503605145

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503605145.001.0001

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(p.175) Epilogue
Homes Away from Home

Sarah Wobick-Segev

Stanford University Press

The epilogue returns to the theme of community building and the contexts under which Jewish life can and has flourished. It argues strongly against narratives in which persecution is seen as the cement that binds Jewish communities together over time. Instead, the Epilogue asserts that Jewish belonging thrives in places of choice and that Jews find more reasons and ways to remain connected to their culture and to each other in cities and countries with multiple viable options. It also asks an open-ended question regarding the future of Jewish belonging in a time of continued individualistic belonging. Taking an optimistic approach, the Epilogue concludes with a call for increased and pluralistic contexts for the perpetuation of Jewish belonging and self-identification.

Keywords:   Jewish community, persecution, plurality, space, place, belonging

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