Academic journal article The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies

M. Avrum Ehrlich (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture

Academic journal article The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies

M. Avrum Ehrlich (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture

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M. Avrum Ehrlich (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture 3 volumes. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2009.

This is a very well-produced, valuable, and rather unusual three-volume encyclopedia of Jewish life in the Diaspora. The first volume contains perhaps one hundred separate short articles by leading scholars on "Themes and Phenomena of the Jewish Diaspora," covering such topics as antisemitism, Jewish languages, Sephardi and Ashkenazi culture, and population movements. Volumes 2 and 3 survey the Jewish communities of all Diaspora nations, their histories and institutions, on a country by country basis, again in fairly brief articles written by specialists. Apart from the main article on the Jewish community of each nation, there are also, usually, several others about that community, often of a fascinating but offbeat nature, and rather pot-pourri. Australian Jewry, for example, is treated in three articles totalling eleven pages: "Jews in Australia" by Suzanne Rutland and Gary Eckstein; "Sephardi Jews in Australia" by Myer Samra; and "Conversion to Judaism in the Sydney Jewish Community" by Raymond Apple. …

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