From the Banks of the Jordan to the Shores of the Bay

By Rachel Biale

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2004

Biale writes about her experience as an Israeli American Jew, noting the hybrid identity of herself and others like her. She writes that Israeli identity in Diaspora and the place of Israelis in American Jewish life are rarely addressed, as the space for such discussion is hemmed in by Israelis' reluctance to acknowledge their permanent move away from Israel and by the American Jewish community's discomfort with embracing Israelis. Such acceptance seems to undermine the commitment to Israel and aliyah. As the radical dichotomy of Israel/Diaspora loses its charge, being an Israeli in the United States is emerging as one more manifestation of the long history of Jewish life in Diaspora.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Aliyah, Diaspora, Jewish Identity, Israel Attachment, Identity

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 35/616

Page Number(s): 7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Biale, Rachel. From the Banks of the Jordan to the Shores of the Bay. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2004: 7.


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