Center and Periphery: Israel in American Jewish Life

Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher: Brandeis University Press; Brandeis University Press

Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: American Jews; Israel attachment; Jewish identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States Israel


The Six-Day War is widely seen as having had major impact on American Jewry, including its relationship with Israel. Whether the changes brought about in that relationship were 'revolutionary,' as suggested by some, is another question. In any case, there is considerable evidence that Israel moved from the periphery to the center in the structure and culture of American Jewish community.