K. Les Juifs, l'Europe,le XXIe siècle (2024)

Jews, Europe, the XXIst century

European magazine

The Magazine

K. is an online magazine founded in 2021 by journalists and academics from all over Europe.

The aim is to document and analyze the current situation of European Jews through journalism and stories, essays, interviews, but also through contributions that recount the long history of the Jewish presence in Europe. The review also publishes reactions and essays about current events as well as creative texts which, by means of fiction, give an account of the realities that concern us.

In 1939, there were about 10 million Jews living in Europe. Today, there are about 1.3 million (Source: Institute for Jewish Policy Research, October 2020). Three quarters of the Jews who, after the Holocaust, had been present in Europe since the end of the war have finally left the continent. The current population of Jews is only 15% of the number of those who lived there in 1939. The proportion of Jews now represents 0.2% of the European population. It is as low as it was a thousand years ago and continues to decline.

How and why, in a social and political environment that has been totally reconfigured over the past 70 years, are anti-Jewish sentiments returning and circulating with such intensity? What perspectives, for Jews and for Europe, can be drawn from this current environment?

Our approach, with contributors from all countries and all generations, aims to describe, explain and understand, on a European scale, the very specific moment in which we live. What is the situation of Jews in France, Germany or Ukraine? In Antwerp, Budapest, Moscow, or in a particular suburb of Paris or London? All over Europe, our contributors, like reactive sensors, will bring specific field insights and points of view. We want to establish a panoramic view of the composite reality of the European Jewish presence from all its angles and to spotlight it, to bring out places and faces, social realities and personal journeys. To bear witness to dangers and fears but also to promising initiatives.

Our desire is to create a demanding, open, intelligent and educational journalistic media for reflection and intervention, addressed to the greatest number of people. Far from the clash of cultures and online frenzy which privilege polemics, emotion, and ideological tensions, the review will be a rallying point, contributing to the emergence of a network of European voices by giving them a place to express themselves.

No doubt Jews will be primarily interested in this project, but its collaborators as well as its recipients are all those, Jews or non-Jews, who are aware of the European political situation which, with the resurgence of antisemitism, affects Europe itself. Our objective is to contribute to the diagnosis of what appears to be a crisis affecting the bond of Jews to contemporary Europe, but which is also the symptom of a more general crisis of which Jews are a prism or a revealer.

The texts are freely accessible, available in English, French and Spanish.



Editor in Chief / Stéphane Bou
Editor in charge of the English version / Esther Offenberg
Associate Editor / Danny Trom
Editor in charge of European development / Elie Petit
History Editor / Jacques Ehrenfreund
Essays Editor / Bruno Karsenti and Julia Christ

Members of the Editorial Board / Macha Fogel, Ruben Honigmann, Elena Guritanu, Avishag Zafrani, Balázs Berkovits, Noémie Issan-Benchimol, Ewa Tartakowsky

The editorial team is backed by:
– The Chair of Jewish History and Judaism, and the interdisciplinary center for Jewish studies at the University of Lausanne.
– The EHESS seminar (Paris), “Jews and Europe”.
– At the seminar of the École Normale Supérieure / ULM (Paris), “Actuality and renewal of Jewish studies.

Editorial team

  • Balász Berkovitswas born in Budapest, and lives in Tel Aviv. He is a sociologist and journalist, pursuing research at the Bucerius and Herzl Institutes at the University of Haifa, and also at the Roth Institute of Tel Aviv University. He is working on the re-emergence of the “Jewish problem” in contemporary works of philosophical, social and political criticism. As a journalist, he writes about the political and social situation in contemporary Hungary. Recently, he has contributed to the volumeAnti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and the Dynamics of Delegitimization, Indiana University Press, 2019.

  • Stéphane Bou is a journalist and teacher at ENS-Paris/Saclay. Former producer on France Culture and France Inter, he worked for Charlie Hebdo, was opinion editor of Marianne, hosted the program “Living Memories” of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de Shoah on RCJ. He is the author of Reflections on Nazism, with Saul Friedlender (Seuil) and Memoirs of Yiddish. with Rachel Ertel (Albin Michel).

  • Julia Christ is a German philosopher. Former assistant to Axel Honneth at the University of Frankfurt, her work focuses on critical theory and the work of Adorno (Spiel und Kritik. Adornos Sozialphilosophie heute, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2016) and on the link between modern emancipation movements and monotheistic religions.

  • Jacques Ehrenfreund is Professor and Chair of Jewish history and Judaism, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences at the University of Lausanne. He was a senior lecturer in the History department of Bar Ilan University in Israel. Among his publications, Mémoire juive et nationalité allemande, PUF, and Marranismes. De la religiosité cachée à la société ouverte, Demopolis.

  • Macha Fogel is a journalist. A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, she lived in Moscow, where she worked for Radio France, and in New York, where she was the Coordinator of the international program “Global Day of Jewish Learning” and joined a Yiddish theatre company. She was editorial director for the website Akadem (The Jewish Digital Campus) and host of a program devoted to Jewish spirituality on RCJ. She speaks English, Russian and Yiddish.

  • Ruben Honigmann was born in East Berlin. He studied Biblical and Talmudic studies at yeshiva in Strasbourg and Jerusalem as well as studies of history in Strasbourg and Paris. He has been working since 2007 for Akadem (The Jewish Digital Campus) where he is editorial director.

  • Noémie Issan-Benchimol lives between Jerusalem and Paris. After studying philosophy (ENS/ULM), she wrote a thesis in religious sciences on the legal oath in Talmudic law. She writes regularly for Tenoua and the Tel Aviv Review of Books.

  • Bruno Karsenti is a philosopher and vice-president of EHESS. A specialist in the philosophy of social sciences, he is notably the author of Moise et l’idée de peuple: la vérité historique selon Freud (Cerf, 2012) and La question juive des modernes, philosophie de l’émancipation (PUF, 2017) and since 2018 has organized the seminary Jews and Europe at EHESS.

  • Jean-Marc Liling, a “hard-core” hierosolymitain, is a French-Israeli lawyer. A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, Bar Ilan and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he specializes in issues of asylum and the status of non-Jews in Israel. He is very involved in the field of Israeli NGOs in the fields of social and humanitarian, and he lives and promotes an open and inclusive Judaism.

  • Born in Krakow, Ewa Tartakowsky is a sociologist and post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Political Social Sciences. Her work, based on the study of Jewish groups, focuses on the literary and scholastic modalities of the transmission of the past. She has published Les Juifs et le Maghreb. Fonctions sociales d’une littérature d’exil (PUFR, 2016) and has co-edited with Marcelo Dimentstein, Juifs d’Europe. Identités plurielles et mixité (PUFR, 2017) and Jewish Europe Today. Between Memory and Everyday Life (Austeria, 2020).

  • David Haziza is a doctoral student at Columbia University, where he works at the crossroads of French literature, the history of Jewish ideas and studies. He is the author of Talisman sur ton coeur, a French translation of the Song of Songs (followed by an essay and published at Le Cerf) as well as a forthcoming book on the relationship of modernity to flesh and violence.

  • Avishag Zafrani is a Doctor of Philosophy and an associate researcher in the Laboratory of Philosophy, Epistemology and Politics at the University of Paris 10. She has published Ernst Bloch and Hans Jonas (Hermann, 2014). Recipient of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah fellowship, she is pursuing research on the concept of metaphysical anti-Semitism.

  • Barbara Necek, born in Austria to Polish parents, is a journalist and director of historical documentaries. She is the director of Auschwitz Trial, the End of Silence (France 5, 2017) which won an award at the FIGRA 2019 festival. His latest film, In Search of the Polish Schindler (2019), is an investigation into a fake Polishsavior. Currently, she is preparing a documentary on Mauthausen (ARTE, 2021) as well as a book on the guardians of concentration camps (to be published in 2021 by Grasset).

  • Rudy Reichstadt, CEO and director of Conspiracy Watch is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence. He is a member of the Observatory of Political Radicals of the Jean-Jaurès Foundation. He co-wrote, with Georges Benayoun, the documentary Complotism: The Alibis of Terror (France, 2017). He published in September 2019 L’opium des imbéciles. Essai sur la question complotiste (Grasset). He is a member of the l’Observatoire de la haine en ligne, part of the french Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel.

  • Gilles Rozier is a writer, translator of Yiddish and Hebrew. He ran the House of Yiddish Culture-Medem Library for twenty years. Since 2016, he has been managing the editions of the Antelope, which he founded with Anne-Sophie Dreyfus.

  • Danny Trom was born in Antwerp. Sociologist, research fellow at the CNRS and associate researcher at the Centre for Jewish Studies (EHESS), he is the author of La promesse et l’obstacle, la gauche radicale et le problème juif (2007), de Persévérance du fait juif, une théorie politique de la survie (2018) et de La France sans les Juifs, émancipation, extermination, expulsion (2018). He has led the EHESS “Jews and Europe” seminar since 2018.

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