The task at hand is simple but important. Dig deeper. Look for nuance. Write about what’s changing, growing, new.
My goal during six months of reporting on Jewish Europe — kicking off with my arrival in Paris on Thursday morning — is to challenge narratives of European Jewish life that focus exclusively on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
See, there’s more going on than just that.
The United Kingdom just got its first Jewish fraternity — a chapter of Zeta Beta Tau at the University of Nottingham.
The French city of Avignon is hosting the inaugural conference on European Jewish culture and innovation in just a few weeks.
And Iceland, which only counts about 30 Jews among its ranks, has a Jewish first lady who lights a Chanukah menorah each winter.
European Jewish life is rich and layered, quirky and offbeat.
My job these next six months is to take a closer look. Through my reporting, I hope to bring Jews around the world into the synagogues and community centers of cities like Paris, Budapest, Berlin and London. It’s a dream come true, especially for a recent journalism graduate addicted to travel.
My itinerary is beyond flexible. I’m traveling where the news takes me. Have a story idea or want me to visit your city? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and enter our contest here for the chance to win a $100 American Express gift card and have me cover your story.