Israel and Identity Building: Educating American Jews About Israel

By Elan Ezrachi

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1998

This article argues that American Jews are deeply attached to Israel on an emotional level, yet they detach themselves on a cognitive and behavioral level. The author suggests that American Jewish education of Jewish identity should address divisions within the Jewish people (i.e. religious differences and geographical differences); that the younger generation be exposed to the global aspects of Jewish existence, the characteristics of the Israeli political system, and the historical processes that shaped its formation; that they become literate in every aspect of Israeli culture; and that they personalize their relations to Israel through engagement with Israel's most viable commodity: Israelis.

Topic: Israel Education, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israel Attachment, Education

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.62/No.2

Page Number(s): 5-11.

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Ezrachi, Elan. Israel and Identity Building: Educating American Jews About Israel. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1998: 5-11.. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4367


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