Sacred Vision, Complex Reality: Navigating the Tensions in Israel Education

By Lisa D. Grant

Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, Fall 2008

Israel is an integral part of American Judaism, though Israel education today often lacks significant depth and complexity. In order to make this "sacred symbol" more accessible to American Jews, Israel learning needs to move out of the realm of the academic and into individuals' lived experiences. One effort to revive and look critically at the many faces of Israel is a project called Beit Kenesset Yisrael, a collaborative initiative between ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, and MAKOM, the Jewish Agency's Israel Engagement Network, aimed at strengthening the place of Israel in Reform congregations. While this and other programs seem to be improving American Jews' appreciation of the people, Torah, land, and state of Israel, further careful research is essential if we hope to foster critical and committed engagement with Israel.

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

Name of Publication: Jewish Educational Leadership

Page Number(s): 1-13

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Grant, Lisa D. Sacred Vision, Complex Reality: Navigating the Tensions in Israel Education. Jewish Educational Leadership. Lookstein Center for Jewish Education. Fall 2008: 1-13.


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