A Post-Modern Jewish Peoplehood for Israel

By Ari Engelberg

International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot, Fall 2008

In discussing the various ways that scholars, writers and activists have approached the concept of Jewish peoplehood, the author focuses on two interpretations of peoplehood: some seek to reaffirm the peoplehood values of the past that are now threatened by the growing spiritual individualism of American Jews; others attribute specific meanings to peoplehood that go beyond emphasizing the ethnic/national aspect of Judaism. Engelberg discusses whether peoplehood is, in fact, a concept, how it functions in America and how, if imported to Israel, it would fail.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Peoplehood, Networking, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jewish Identity, Globalization, Unity, Zionism, Identity

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Serkin, Tova

Volume/Issue: Volume 3

Page Number(s): 4-8

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Engelberg, Ari. A Post-Modern Jewish Peoplehood for Israel. The Peoplehood Papers. International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot. Fall 2008: 4-8. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11772


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