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Israel in Jewish Peoplehood Education

This article focuses on the theory that Israel should play a central role in Jewish peoplehood education. In the context of the second Lebanon War, Hoffmann highlights the growing gap between Israel and Diaspora Jews. He views the concept of Jewish peoplehood as an entry point for disconnected young Jews to reconnect. With three necessary…

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Peoplehood Papers 3: Is Israel Still the Vision and Venture of the Jewish People?

In this (the 3rd) edition of the Peoplehood Papers we asked our contributors to examine Israel through the lens of Jewish Peoplehood by addressing some difficult questions: • What does it mean to be the State of the Jewish People in 2008? • Is a new paradigm required to frame the relationship between the People…

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Jerusalem as a Metaphor for Jewish Peoplehood

 The author argues that as the Jewish people work towards conceptualizing the term “Jewish peoplehood,” they will need to determine the role of Jerusalem as a metaphor for Jewish unity and diversity. Just like Izhak Ben-Zvi gathers Jews from all corners of the world to solidify the message of Israeli Jewish unity, Ezrachi argues that…

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Israel and the Jewish Nation

The author examines Israel’s essential position as the center for the Jewish people but argues that there needs to be a joint, ongoing and institutionalized forum for North American Diaspora and Israeli Jews that addresses the issues important to both communities. He also discusses the primary issues for leaders of the Jewish people as well…

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Israel at the “Center”? An Impossible Dream in a 21st Century Network

The author discusses the question of Israel’s centrality within the Jewish people through the lens of recent business management literature on globalization and innovation within globalized organizations and firms. She argues that these concepts reflect new paradigms that characterize the reality of the 21st century, those which do not allow for “centrality,” and which she…

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Capitalizing on Jewish Vision and Venture: The Role of Israel in an Age of Individualism

Despite frequent dismal reports that young people today identify less and less with Israel, the author explains that those who do come and spend time in the country are affected by their stay. Based on this information, the author argues that the State of Israel can continue to play a powerful role because it is…

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Peoplehood with Purpose

The author argues that the Jewish community must set higher sights than most of the demographers, sociologists,community planners and philanthropists and become advocates for a new vision of Jewish peoplehood in the 21st century. He looks to the past as he briefly details the history of Jewish peoplehood, how the Jewish community arrived where it…

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The State, the People and the Promise

Just as Jewish prayers ask that that the Jewish community be mindful of the people in the State of Israel, the author argues that the Jewish community must continue to be mindful of the challenges and opportunities it faces in trying to strengthen and bind the relationship between the People of Israel and the State…

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Institutionalizing Peoplehood?

 The author argues that the Jewish community is facing an evident paradigm shift that stems from a need voiced by younger people through the Jewish world to create a different and more appropriate paradigm that meets the external challenges facing our global society, the existing trends within North American Jewry, and the desire among Israeli…

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Israel: The Core Context

The author examines the concept of Jewish peoplehood, focusing on why a renewal of this concept must take place within the boundaries of the State of Israel. She argues that the answer is an inexorable pull many Jews feel toward tribal experiences and arrives at this conclusion through two personal anecdotes about Jews and tribes. [Taken…

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Responses and Catalyzing Concepts

The author discusses the applicability as well as the superfluity of “indicators” as reliable evaluative tools. He argues that the Jewish people urgently need indicators of “Jewish Peoplehood” to understand what is happening, to identify trends, and to craft policies. He suggests five features that he believes are important in shaping the future of Jewish…

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Reflections on Israel, Peoplehood, and a New Jewish World

At the ninth annual Herzliya Conference in February 2009, the concept of “Jewish peoplehood” emerged as an important concept, and the author discusses some of the proposed definitions of the concept and arguments raised by Jewish scholars and thinkers in previous volumes of the Peoplehood Papers. While many questions about the concept still remain, the…

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