Review of Sarah Wobick-Segev, Homes Away from Home: Jewish Belonging in Twentieth-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg

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With the recent uptick in antisemitic incidents in the United States and Europe, it is not difficult to understand why Jews have long sought out Jewish or Jewish-friendly spaces. The desire to feel safe in public and gradually achieve a sense of belonging has been fundamental to the modern Jewish experience. In Homes Away from Home, Sarah Wobick-Segev explores how Jewish relationships to the leisure and consumer sites of three major cities—in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe—evolved and changed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, persuasively arguing that access to numerous different and welcoming spaces enabled Jewish belonging to thrive and that restricted access had the opposite effect (176). [excerpt]



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