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A New Role for Israel in American Jewish Identity

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Publication Date: April 1992

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Allon Gal; Jonathan S. Woocher; Arnold Eisen; Steven Bayme

Series: Issues Series, #1: A New Role for Israel in American Jewish Identity, April 1992

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Political Behavior; Israel attachment; Diaspora Relations; Zionism

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Professor Eisen argues that attachment to the State of Israel has recently become more problematic for American Jews. He presents options for strengthening Israel's place in American Jewish identity, focusing on four factors: politics, religion, ethos/ethnicity, and ideology. Also included are a foreword by Steven Bayme and responses by Jonathan Woocher of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) and Allon Gal of the University of the Negev, Beersheba (Israel).