National, Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Austria
European Union

Jewish Community 22.03.2018

 

The meeting took place in LBS university in Vienna. The participants in the meeting were group of 7 Jewish men which take part in the LBS student union. The participants vary in their home-countries but they all residents of Vienna in the last few years.

At the beginning of the meeting the research’s general details were presented: the goals of the research, Erasmus+, the period and the various examined countries.
Afterwards, I explained to the participants what their part in the research is and presented the various findings of the research.

 

The Discussion:

First, the main findings of the research were presented: languages, Jewish identity, Jewish back-ground and education, holidays, attitudes towards Austria, the EU and Israel.

Later on, we had a discussion about the research, the main findings and their opinions. The participants agreed that the research’s purpose is important and supported most of the relevant findings.

In this group, most of the participants speak Hebrew but only as a second language which they studied in different Jewish schools and spoke a bit with their parents and friends back at home. Their native languages are mostly Spanish and Hungarian. They all interested of talking Hebrew with their colleagues, but do not interested of learning Yiddish.

The participants have a strong Jewish identity, but they do not live a traditional Jewish way of life, except celebrating the Jewish holiday, alongside the national Austrian holidays.
Their general opinion towards the Austrian citizens is positive. They feel that there is no such an anti-Semitism among the general public and they can live their life safely, in particular, in Vienna. Except of one case, none of the participants experienced anti-sematic sanctions in Austria, but in Budapest, Hungary, they did.
Regarding the new government, the participants are worried about the future policy and believe that the government will not support them in case they will need it.

Generally, the participants feel that there is no significant difference between them and the general public, and that they are not treated differently because of their religion.

The participants’ general attitude towards Israel is positive, they all visited number of times and some of them lived there for a certain period of time. A few of the participants considering living in Israel in the future.