Israel, the Diaspora, and Jewish Identity

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Danny Ben-Moshe, Zohar Segev
Sussex Academic Press, 2007 - Social Science - 353 pages
This book investigates the significance, contribution, and role played by the State of Israel - ideologically and practically - in the identity of Diaspora Jews. It explores the extent and way Israel features in Diaspora identity through a range of issues including: anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, Jewish continuity, the peace process, pro-Israel lobbying, philanthropy, religious thought, and gender. It also looks at the place of Israel in the identity of Jewish communities in eight countries. 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.

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About the author (2007)

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.

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