23.06.2011 21.Siwan, 5771
Juden in GB:
At Presidents Conference, European Jews speak of hopes and fears for their communities’ futures.
UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks isn’t a man who easily lends himself to exaggeration, but in the war on assimilation, he said the ends justify the means.
Speaking at a panel on the future of European Jewry at the Presidents Conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Sacks recalled how in 1993 he knowingly created an artificial sense of crisis to try and put an end to four decades of decline in the population of British Jews.
“We were losing Jews at an alarming rate,” he said. “If we did nothing, the community would die. The solution was clear to us: We had to rejuvenate the Jewish community, and we learned from history that education was the most powerful tool.”…