Making Yourself at Home: A Close Look at Klitat Aliyah

By Deborah Golden

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2007

The author argues that there is a fundamental contradiction in Israel between the ideology of homecoming on the one hand and the experience of strangeness, unfamiliarity and hostility that colors everyday encounters on the other hand. Exercises in immigrant absorption (klitat aliyah) are not necessarily successful; indeed, evidence suggests that newcomers may seek to contest these systems of absorption. Nevertheless it is within these powerful moral parameters that newcomers to Israel must engage in the complex task of making themselves at home.

Topic: Aliyah, Immigration, Statehood, Acculturation, Ideology, Belonging, Integration

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.37/no.639-640

Page Number(s): 18-19

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Golden, Deborah. Making Yourself at Home: A Close Look at Klitat Aliyah. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2007: 18-19.


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