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Entre Chretiens et Juifs; this journal, too, gives considerable
attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry.
Scholarly Journals
French Jewry has made numerous contributions to Jewish schol­
arship. The work of the scholars of medieval Provence and of
their northern colleagues, Rashi and the Tosafists, is basic to
Jewish scholarship, while many areas of Jewish studies were
enriched by the work of more recent scholars such as S. Munk,
M. Schwab and I. Loeb. Perhaps the single most important French
contribution to modern Jewish scholarship is the
Revue des
Etudes Juives.
Together with the German
Monatsschrift fuer
Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judenthums
and the English
Jewish Quarterly Review,
the French
Revue
is one of the pillars
of modern Jewish scholarship. Published since 1880, the
Revue
is a repository of hundreds of articles dealing with all aspects of
Jewish studies. A scholarly journal dealing with the modern
period is
Le Monde Juif,
published since 1946 by the Centre de
Documentation Juive Contemporaine, concerned primarily with
the study of the Holocaust period. Jewish medicine and the Jewish
role in science is the concern of the
Revue d’Histoire de la Medi­
cine Hebraique,
established in 1948, while
A.M.I.F.,
published
since 1952 by the Association des Medecins Israelites de France
is primarily a professional journal for French-reading Jewish
doctors. Finally, surveys of French-Jewish archival materials are
to be found in a mimeographed bulletin called
Archives Juives,
published since 1965 by the Commission Fran^aise des Archives
Tuives.
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It can be seen from this brief survey that the Jewish press in
France is an active and multi-faceted one, reflecting the nature
of the French-Jewish community, third ranking among the com­
munities of the Diaspora. This press is, of course, the prime source
of printed information on Jewish life in France, and its preserva­
tion and accessibility are vital to the study of this important Jew­
ish community. The acquisition of many of these publications
by libraries outside France is problematic. Some journals are in­
tended for members only and are not easily available for overseas
distribution. In other cases, there is a lack of interest on the part
of the publisher in honoring foreign requests for a journal. On
the other hand, limited budget or lack of interest restricts most
libraries to the acquisition of the few scholarly journals, rather
than the collecting of the many other journals that are the raw
material of future scholarship. Nevertheless, the French-Jewish
press is being collected and preserved by a few research libraries