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Todd M. Endelman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113010

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113010.001.0001

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The Impact of the Converso Experience on English Sephardim

The Impact of the Converso Experience on English Sephardim

(p.239) Chapter Eleven The Impact of the Converso Experience on English Sephardim
Broadening Jewish History

Todd M. Endelman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter cites the London Jewish Chronicle, which noted in January 1880 that the number of Sephardim in England had decreased in the previous 100 years as immigration from eastern Europe mounted. The chapter points out the conversions to Christianity, defections to the Reform congregation where Sephardi distinctiveness was diluted or lost, and disappearance of 'recruiting grounds' for Sephardi immigration to England as the reasons for the reduction of Sephardim. It also analyses the demographic stagnation of Sephardim in all western European states that had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western Sephardim. The chapter examines the demographic decline of the Sephardim in England as the outcome of the same currents of radical assimilation that depleted the ranks of acculturated Jews throughout Europe in the modern period. It discusses the historical experience of Sephardim's ancestors as Conversos, which was an experience that the Ashkenazi majority did not share.

Keywords:   Jewish Chronicle, Sephardim, Christianity, Reform congregation, demographic decline, Sephardi immigration, Sephardim, radical assimilation

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