Can the Israeli-Diaspora Cultural Gap Be Bridged?

By Stuart Schoffman

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), December 1997

This article is an adapted version of an address given before the sixty-sixth annual convention of Conservative Rabbis in the United States. The author, an Associate Editor of The Jerusalem Report, discusses the social gap dividing Israel and the Diaspora. Jumping off the symbolic similarity of the Hebrew words tziyonut (Zionism) and tziniyut (cynicism), the author portrays what dramatically separates American and Israeli Jewry, discussing, among other things, Israel's dichotomist perception of religion and its negation of the Diaspora and all it stands for.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Culture, Israel Attachment, Social Issues, Unity, Religion

Name of Publication: AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse

Page Number(s): 97-104

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Schoffman, Stuart. Can the Israeli-Diaspora Cultural Gap Be Bridged?. AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). December 1997: 97-104. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12863


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