We applaud your article reflecting a realistic picture of Jewish life in Europe that is far more positive than that often depicted in American and Israeli media (“LimmudUK: Success On A Grand Scale,” Between the Lines, Jan. 7). As well as the large cultural events you mention, such as Limmud and the growth in Jewish cultural centers, there is also a growth in synagogue-based activity. The European Union for Progressive Judaism (of the World Union for Progressive Judaism) is expanding year by year with new communities springing up in Spain, France, Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. The inclusiveness of Progressive Judaism allows us to welcome in and welcome back so-called marginal Jews, the intermarried. As we write, we are dealing with applications for membership from new communities in Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Norway and have indication of interest in Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece. Judaism is alive and expanding all over Europe — not just in study sessions and cultural activities, but in synagogue communities as well.
Leslie Bergman, President
Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein,
European Union for Progressive Judaism