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Gleams and shadows of Jewish life in France
July 11, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CEST
France has currently the largest Jewish population in Europe. Paris born Emmanuelle Stein will describe what pluralistic Judaism looks like through the eyes of a young Jewish woman and activist for human rights.
She will provide an overview of the Jewish presence in France from the Middle Ages to present day, including the several waves of immigration (mainly from Eastern Europe and North Africa) that makes most of today’s community. French Jewish history successively alternated between periods of tolerance and prosperity and the ordeal of insecurity and anti-Semitism, with both phenomena sometimes coexisting in parallel. We will also learn about the story of her family in France, before, during and after the Second World War.
Finally, Emmanuelle will tell us about her experience nowadays in Paris, as member of the conservative congregation, as a former employee of the Jewish Community of France (FUSJ) and as a Director of the NGO “Exilophone”, dedicated to the integration of refugees.
A compelling journey adorned with an artistic focus and full of anecdotes.
With your contribution you will also be donating to Exilophone, an NGO dedicated to the integration of refugees in France through arts and music. They organize music workshops, concerts and festivals that connect refugees with locals and help building bridges between different communities (Jewish, Muslims, Christians and others).
Emmanuelle Stein was born in Paris, France, where she was always anchored to Jewish life through school and youth movements. As a child, she loved watching Robin Hood with her grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor. He passed on to her values such as human kindness, freedom, sincerity and perseverance.
She graduated from Sorbonne’s Master of International Relations, Humanitarian Aid and International Development and completed a training in Cultural Entrepreneurship. At present, she is studying psychology. She is also passionate about music and writes songs.
She has more than 6 years of experience working with refugees for NGO’s and international organizations in Mexico, Israel, Greece and France. She has also worked for the FUSJ (Fonds Social Juif Unifié – French Jewish community) as a project manager for young Jews. In April 2018, she set up the NGO “Exilophone” dedicated to the integration of refugees through arts and music.