In his article published in the No 15 issue of the Euro-Asian Policy Papers, Olaf Glöckner presented a long list of problems that Russian Jewish immigrants (RJIs) of the 1990s and 2000s faced in German. Still, he concludes that the demographic potential and cultural pluralism that they brought to local Jewish communities opened an optimistic perspective for them. It looks, however, that the alienation of these immigrants from local society and traditional Jewish communal establishment now is even bigger than one thought a decade ago. Rather than German Jewish, the strengthening of the Russian Jewish identity may become an alternative to non-Jewish identification. Would Jewish umbrella organizations be able to stand this challenge?
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