Zionism, American Style

By Jack Wertheimer

Hadassah, May 1992

This report from Jack Wertheimer provides suggested questions and background information to understand and critically analyze American Zionism. Wertheimer asserts through his own research that there is a growing gap in perceptions of Israeli and American Jews that should be of large concern to thoughtful Jews. Wertheimer notes that it is becoming more difficult for Jews living outside of Israel to understand the unique experience and circumstance faces by Israeli Jews and conversely Jews in Israel are having difficulty identifying with Jews who are members of the Diaspora. He looks at the issue of how to define American Zionism and its origins as related to the creation of the state of Israel. He concludes by affirming that American Zionism will need to undergo reform but it cannot happen without justifying the reform within the needs of the American Jewish community.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jewish Identification, Zionism

Name of Publication: Israeli and American Jews: Understanding and misunderstanding

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Wertheimer, Jack. Zionism, American Style. Israeli and American Jews: Understanding and misunderstanding. Hadassah. May 1992: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4276


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