Authentic Sights and Authentic Narratives on Taglit

By Shaul Kelner

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS), December 16, 2001

Tourism is commonly dismissed as shallow, frivolous and inauthentic. When an Israel experience program known as Taglit sought to use tourism for the purposes of Jewish education, the standard criticisms made of tourism were also applied to it. In spite of this, participants on Taglit generally felt they had an authentic and profound Jewish experience on the program. To explore how this could have happened in the face of expert predictions to the contrary, a constructivist notion of authenticity is adopted. Analysis of ethnographic data from the evaluation of Taglit reveals that touristsâ?? perceptions of an authentic Jewish experience were rooted in perceptions of Jewish authenticity in both Israel and themselves. In both cases, these perceptions emerged through a process of a selective integration of disparate elements into coherent but simplified narratives

Topic: Youth, Israel Experience, Values

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Kelner, Shaul. Authentic Sights and Authentic Narratives on Taglit. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS),Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS). 16 December 2001: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3483


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