Zionism and Peoplehood - Toward a Historical Synthesis

By Gidi Grinstein

The Jewish Peoplehood Hub, April 2010

The emerging synthesis between nationalism and peoplehood requires a new agenda that captures the hearts and minds of millions both in Israel and around the Jewish world and is based on mutuality and synergetic partnership. We must work together to strengthen our worldwide network of prosperous and resilient communities; serve the value of tikkun olam and make a distinctly Jewish and Israeli service at the frontiers of humanity; continue to build a secure, prosperous and democratic Israel that offers a unique Jewish experience; teach and speak Hebrew not only as a tool for global communication among Jews but also for engaging the richness of our history and culture; or to preserve, develop and share the collective wisdom of Jewish culture, rituals and traditions through text study, art, literature or poetry and in a way that enriches Jewish and non-Jewish individuals, households and communities. This synthesis seems to be inevitable in the coming years, and perhaps decades. Its advantages are many. Yet, most importantly, it not only legitimizes a more relevant relationship between Israel and the Jewish world that will bring significant value to both, but will also improve the prospect for sustaining our contribution to humanity.

Topic: History, Peoplehood, Israel Attachment, Unity, Jewish Literacy, Nationalism, Zionism

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Ravid, Shlomi

Volume/Issue: Volume 5

Page Number(s): p. 19-20

Funder: Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) , Nadav Fund , UJA-Federation of New York

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: Israel , World

Language: English

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Grinstein, Gidi. Zionism and Peoplehood - Toward a Historical Synthesis. The Peoplehood Papers. The Jewish Peoplehood Hub. April 2010: p. 19-20. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11791


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