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Synagogues themselves are great centers of Jewish culture. Jewish education and religiosity bereft of culture is not as interesting.
Today very many secular Jews take part in Jewish cultural activities, such as celebrating Jewish holidays as historical and nature festivals, imbued with new content and form, or marking life-cycle events such as birth, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage, and mourning in a secular fashion.
The term "secular Jewish culture" therefore refers to many aspects, including: Religion and World View, Literature, Media, and Cinema, Art and Architecture, Cuisine and Traditional Dress, attitudes to Gender, Marriage, and Family, Social Customs and Lifestyles, Music and Dance.
arose out of the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, which was itself driven by the values of the Enlightenment.
This was only intensified as the rise of Romanticism amplified the sense of national identity across Europe generally.
Medieval Jewish communities in Eastern Europe continued to display distinct cultural traits over the centuries.By 1931, shortly before The Holocaust, 92% of the World's Jewish population was Ashkenazi in origin.