Israel on my Mind: Israel's Role in World Jewish Identity

Israel on my Mind: Israel's Role in World Jewish Identity

Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute in American Jewish-Israeli Relations

Contributors: Steven Bayme, Arthur Hertzberg, Alan D. Hoffman, Moshe Itzhaki, Aharon Megged, Deborah Dash Moore, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, S. Ilan Troen, Gil Troy

What is Israel’s role in forming world Jewish identity? This written symposium of Jewish intellectuals and community leaders from Israel and the United States offers an assessment of the role and meaning of Israel in contemporary Jewish life. Contributors are asked to answer the questions: What role does the State of Israel play in the development of Diaspora Jewish identity? How does living in a sovereign Jewish state affect the meaning and quality of Jewish identity within that state? What are the benefits and challenges of the centrality of Israel in contemporary Jewish life? What ought to be the responsibility of Diaspora Jewry toward Israel in the context of the collapse of Oslo and the four-year terror war? What ought to be the responsibility of Israel toward ensuring Jewish continuity in the Diaspora? Does this responsibility apply differently toward smaller Diaspora communities that lack a critical mass of Jews?


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