Albion and Jerusalem: The Anglo-Jewish Community in the by Michael Clark

By Michael Clark

Lionel de Rothschild's hard-fought access into Parliament in 1858 marked the emancipation of Jews in Britain--the symbolic end of Jews' crusade for equivalent rights and their inclusion as voters after centuries of discrimination. Jewish lifestyles entered a brand new part: the post-emancipation period. yet what did this suggest for the Jewish neighborhood and their interactions with wider society? and the way did Britain's nation and society react to its most recent electorate? Emancipation was once ambiguous. popularity carried expectancies, in addition to possibilities. Integrating into British society required alterations to standard Jewish identification, simply because it additionally widened conceptions of Britishness. Many Jews willingly embraced their surroundings and shaped a different Jewish life: blending in all degrees of society; experiencing fiscal luck; and setting up and translating its religion alongside Anglican grounds. although, not like many different ecu Jews, Anglo-Jews stayed unswerving to their religion. Conversion and outmarriage remained infrequent, and connections have been maintained with international family. The neighborhood used to be even keen from time to time to put its Jewish and English id in clash, as occurred through the 1876-8 jap Crisis--which provoked the 1st episode of contemporary antisemitism in Britain. the character of Jewish life in Britain was once doubtful and constructing within the post-emancipation period. Focusing upon inter-linked case reports of Anglo-Jewry's political task, inner executive, and spiritual improvement, Michael Clark explores the dilemmas of identification and inter-faith kin that faced the minority in overdue nineteenth-century Britain. This used to be a very important interval during which the Anglo-Jewish group formed the foundation of its glossy lifestyles, while the British country explored the boundaries of its toleration.

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Ibid. 241. ³ T. Endelman, The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000 (London, 2002), 27–8. Establishment and Emancipation 27 The ambiguity of their position left a deep impression on the Jewish community. ’⁸ In these tenuous circumstances a Jewish community developed in Britain. ⁹ By the 1780s there were as many as 20,000–26,000 Jews in Britain. The community’s formation was organizationally unique. Unlike its European counterparts it was not a Kehilla: there was no corporate dimension to the group, which ⁴ H.

Being his Address to the Court of Alderman on Applying for Admission as Alderman of the Ward of Portsoken (London, 1844), 24. 36 Albion and Jerusalem in 1835 allowing Jews to attain the freedom of the City and in 1845 opening municipal offices to them. In this vein the 1847 election of Rothschild made the ultimate outcome of the emancipation campaign merely a matter of time. The danger of this gradualist tactic was that for the unconvinced it could easily lapse into apathy. Patient waiting did not appear that different from lack of interest.

Toward Modernity: The European Jewish Model (New Brunswick, NJ, 1987), 226–9. ¹⁴ See D. Ruderman, Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry’s Construction of Modern Jewish Thought (Oxford, 2000), 89, 135, 184, 215, and C. Roth, ‘The Haskalah in England’, in I. Finestein, J. Rabbinowitz, and H. ), Essays Presented to Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday (London, 1967). ¹⁵ Ruderman, Enlightenment, 88. Establishment and Emancipation 29 European Jews, but more akin to a process of osmosis—the gradual and unconscious absorption of thoughts and actions.

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