Not necessarily. It depends on the context in which it is used. Also it is one of those things where one can use words if you are part of that group but it is questionable for others to say the same thing. Your asking indicates that you are aware of the potential for offense.
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First off, there is no 'race' of Jews - so technically it is not racist. Is it bigoted? Hmmm
Some people, when they use the word 'Jew", screw up their face and noses (like you might when you say "dog sh1t"), which is offensive. Or the old standbys of adding a descriptive, like "dirty" or "effin".
So use with care. Rdan above mentioned "Jewish" as a softening agent, I agree. your context, tone, and intent will dictate how using the term is perceived. Jews seem to delight in calling themselves "jews", which sends up a flag right away. Tread carefully, and examine your motives.
It depends on the context in which the word is used seeing as if you used it in an offensive sentence it would be racist but if not then no and it could also mean to barter or try to 'jew' the price down.
It's in our control. If we skirt around calling people 'Jews', then it will become a full negative comment. Right now, I think it's teetering... We let this happen to other words, which I won't repeat here, and I don't think we should with this one.