Features: Investigates the significance, contribution, and role played by the State of Israel -- ideologically and practically -- in the identity of Diaspora Jews; Explores the extent and way Israel features in Diaspora identity through a range of issues including: anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, Jewish continuity and Israel visits, the peace process, pro-Israel lobbying, philanthropy, religious thought and gender; Examines the place of Israel in the identity of Jewish communities in eight countries and amongst the Israeli Diaspora; A unique feature of this volume is that each chapter is followed by short and insightful viewpoints by Israeli and Diaspora commentators, with the book reflecting a dialogue between these different voices from across the Jewish world.
Danny Ben-Moshe is Associate Director of the Institute for Community, Diversity and Policy Alternatives at Victoria University in Melbourne Australia, and is an adjunct professor teaching Zionism and Israeli Studies at Gratz College in Philadelphia. He previously headed the Jerusalem office of the British Israel Public Affairs Center and the Australia-New Zealand B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission. Zohar Segev is Lecturer in Jewish History at Haifa University. He is book review editor of The Journal of Jewish History, and member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies. He is a recipient of the Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship from the American Jewish Historical Society.
Part I: ISSUES & THEMES -- Introduction: World Jewry, Identity and Israel; The New Anti-Semitism, Jewish Identity and the Question of Zionism; Jewish Continuity and Israel Visits; Israel in Orthodox Identity: The American Experience; Conservative Judaism, Zionism and Israel: Commitments and Ambivalences; The Place of Israel in the Identity of Reform Jews: Examining the Spectrum of Passive Identification with Israel to Active Jewish--Zionist; The Jewish Left, Jewish Identity, Zionism and Israel Attitudes to the Palestinian Intifada; The Changing Identity of American Jews, Israel and the Peace Process; Israels Foreign and Defence Policy and Diaspora Jewish Identity; Gender and Israel in Diaspora Jewish Identity; The Place of Israel in the Identity of Israelis in the Diaspora: An Ethnographic Exploration. Part II: COUNTRIES AND REGIONS -- Canada; Great Britain; Latin America; France; Australia; United States of America; South Africa; Russia. CONCLUSION -- Israel in Diaspora Jewish Identity; Glossary; Contributors; Index.