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Co-authored with Ben Gidley

Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today

The first book-length study of contemporary British Jewry , Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today examines the changing nature of the British Jewish community and its leadership since 1990.

Keith Kahn-Harris and Ben Gidley contend that there has been a shift within Jewish communal discourse from a strategy of security, which emphasized Anglo-Jewry’s secure British belonging and citizenship, to a strategy of insecurity, which emphasizes the dangers and threats Jews face individually and communally. This shift is part of a process of renewal in the community that has led to something of a ‘Jewish renaissance’ in Britain.

Addressing key questions on the transitions in the history of Anglo-Jewish community and leadership, and tackling the concept of the ‘new antisemitism’, this important and timely study addresses the question: how has UK Jewry adapted from a shift from monoculturalism to multiculturalism?

Book cover of Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today

Formats available: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book

First Published: July 22, 2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury (Originally: Continuum)

Reviews for Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today

Turbulent Times is probing and revelatory, offering exactly the kind of self-reflection any minority community needs in order to understand itself and consider its future…an important contribution to a much-needed debate

Jewish Quarterly

Identifying Anglo-Jewry's tendency to look inwards, rendering it slow to identify shifts both in wider British society and world Jewry, Kahn-Harris and Gidley draw parallels with currents beyond British shores. Theirs is a critical, reflective study, generally conscious of its limitations.

That a serious book about the Jewish community makes favourable reference to a project launched by Jewish Socialists and cites articles from this magazine would be reason enough to recommend it; but reassuring and gratifying as a bit of nakhes is, the book provides much more.