Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

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In the opening essay of this issue, Sergio Minerbi explores the relations between the Catholic Church and the Jews from the middle of the previous century until today. He posits that Vatican policy may bring the Jewish-Catholic dialogue to an insurmountable impasse.

Susanne Urban's essay assesses the diverse images of Jews in Germany. She analyzes their origins and meanings, including the roles of the Jews as victims, as well as sensors toward anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism. Urban stresses that the symbolic roles of Jews in Germany cannot be compared to those in other countries, as in Germany the real presence of Jews is publicly very important as "proof that the country has developed into a democracy and a diverse, open society.

Steven Windmueller concludes that the American Jewish experience is singularly different from any other elsewhere in the Diaspora. This concerns both the individualized encounter with American society and the formal connection to the nation.

Ira Robinson explores the evolution of Canadian Jewish studies from an internal subject of the Canadian Jewish community to a phenomenon of interest to academics and community members alike. He observes that studying the Canadian Jewish experience in the twentieth century provides an important opportunity to trace the development of the consciousness of Canadian Jews.

Aryeh Oded evaluates 50 years of activity of MASHAV, the Center for International Cooperation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. …

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