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Project Zug, Skype based international Hevruta study sessions, has already connected 200 American and Israeli Jews since launching in February 2013. The program’s scope is expanding to link Jews in Israel to those in Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. And within five years, they hope to enlist more than 5,000 “students” in this bold hybrid of an ancient method and cutting-edge tools.
Updated: Feb. 24, 2014
Last week, an official joint project was launched between the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) created by the late Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away in February, and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). The project is “an Israel Engagement Initiative” for Reform congregations across North America, beginning with 30 selected congregations in what is being billed as the first stage of the initiative.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2013
Thousands of Jewish community leaders from across the globe are preparing to convene in Israel for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, Nov. 10-12, 2013 in Jerusalem. With 140 speakers – half of them women – from the political, philanthropic, business, religious and cultural worlds, the GA will gather over 3000 participants from 93 different communities across North America, Israel and Europe – including the heads of the Jewish communities of France, Hungary, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic – to join the “Global Jewish Shuk: a marketplace of dialogue and debate.”
Updated: Nov. 06, 2013
In response to the rising rate of intermarriage in the US, Israeli lawmakers called on the government to pay increased attention to Diaspora Jewry. The call came at a Monday meeting of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. Representatives of the Jewish Agency, Jewish Federations of North America and the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry testified regarding the decline in Jewish endogamy, while MKs debated the best way for Israel to engage Diaspora Jewry to stem the tide of assimilation.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013
This article takes up categories from literature on political and civic engagement to help make sense of data collected from interviews with 40 American Jewish day high school students about what they think and feel about Israel. Viewed through a set of lenses that distinguish between the manifestations and motivations of political and civic engagement, the article helps clarify why young Jews, even when actively and positively engaged with Israel, are uncomfortable labeling themselves as Zionists. The analysis points to an important distinction between the concepts of Israel as “home” and “homeland.” The article also raises important questions about what is presumed to be an increasing distance or alienation from Israel among young American Jews.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2012
This issue of Sh’ma—published to mark Israel’s Independence Day—takes a multifaceted look at what it means to reflect on and evaluate history. Israel today, both inside and outside its borders, is more than ever before a contested place. Its polity remains starkly divided over issues of war and peace, religion and politics, and the conflicting risks of reconciliation and occupation. Not surprisingly, the best way to acknowledge Israel’s birth and achievements is in itself a matter of debate. There is so much power in the telling of a story, in the narrative arc, and we hope that this issue will provide a range of views about how to tell Israel’s story — that is, how to situate history between myth and counter-myth.
Updated: May. 24, 2011
In an interview with Manfred Gerstenfeld, Steven M. Cohen, research professor of Jewish Social Policy at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discusses the emerging trends of Jewish identity being developed by young Jewish adults in the USA. He describes how young American Jews have taken their Jewish engagement to an extreme American Jewish individualism.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2010
To assess American Jewish views about Israel, a survey was conducted in June 2010, beginning two weeks after the Gaza flotilla incident, of more than 1,200 individuals who were identified as Jewish in a large national panel. The survey explores American Jewish attachment to Israel, in particular in the younger generation. The findings of the present study challenge the view of a widening schism between American Jews and Israel. A majority of American Jews feels attached to Israel and the overall level of attachment has remained stable for nearly a quarter of a century.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010
Breaking Myths, Building Identity: Practitioner-Researcher Reflections on Running an Israel Seminar for Jewish Education Graduate Students
This paper explores how we as practitioner-researchers interpret ourstudents’ responses to our deconstruction of their “myths” about Israel.The three authors of the paper are both researchers and practitioners of Jewish education, and have for the past several years envisaged, built, and run a three-week educational seminar in Israel for students in a North American MA program in Jewish education.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2010