Ahad Ha’Am At Last

The author argues that the new era of Israel-Diaspora relations isn’t a rejection of classical Zionism, but rather, it is the acceptance of the classical Zionist model propounded by the “cultural Zionist,” Ahad Ha’Am. He argues that Ha’Am’s notion is uniquely suited for the today’s generation of college-age Jews, the Millennials, who are the focus…

Educating about Israel and Jewish Peoplehood: Murmurings about a Field in Formation

The author argues that Zionist and Israel education are in tension with Jewish Peoplehood education. The former stresses the significance of place, the latter, the virtues of space. One narrows yet focuses options for identification; the other broadens yet dilutes options for belonging. In making sense of the the complexity of Israel and peoplehood education,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…