Bringing Conversations about Israel into the Life of American Congregations

By Alex Sinclair, Esti Moskovitz-Kalman

Makom: Renewing Israel Engagement, Synagogue 3000, Fall 2009

The authors describe how certain American congregations engage in substantial discussions about Israel. They argue that this kind of activitiy is all too rare, as Israel has come to occupy a less than central place in American Jews’ consciousness and communities. This stems in part, according to the authors, to the absence of real discourse about Israel between and among American Jews. This paper emerged from qualitative data that included formal interviews with rabbis and congregational lay leaders, as well as many insights from our ongoing work with them. However, it makes no preten­sions to be a data-driven research paper. It is a suggestive conceptual brief that offers a new way for thinking about the way we engage with Israel in congrega­tional life.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israel's Impact on American Jewry, Discourse and Dialogue, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: S3K Report

Volume/Issue: No.6

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Sinclair, Alex. Moskovitz-Kalman, Esti. Bringing Conversations about Israel into the Life of American Congregations. S3K Report. Makom: Renewing Israel Engagement,Synagogue 3000. Fall 2009:


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