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American Jews & Israel

US Jews feel more positively towards Israel despite religious pluralism rift by Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post, November 9, 2018

A survey found that 81 percent of American Jews feel same or more positively towards Israel over last 5-10 years, and that 65 percent are largely unaware of controversies over religious pluralism.

Audio: Dr. Nachman Shai: What needs to change in the diaspora Israeli relations (31’41”), interviewed by Shmuel Rosner on Rosner’s Domain Podcast, November 7, 2018

To mend Israel-Diaspora gulf, Reform Jewry intends to ‘double down’ on Israel by Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel, October 26, 2018

On the heels of the JFNA GA, Rabbi Rick Jacobs voices frustration at the lack of recognition for his movement — but is determinedly optimistic the status quo will soon shift

Relationship Counseling: Israel and the Diaspora by Noam Weissman, Jerusalem U., Media Lab, October 25, 2018

‘We need to talk’ about the role of non-Orthodox movements by Evelyn Gordon, Jewish News Syndicate, October 24, 2018

Because Israelis don’t need the non-Orthodox movements to maintain a Jewish identity, they often fail to understand why these movements are genuinely important for American Jews. And because American Jews do need those movements, they often fail to understand why many Israelis dismiss them as unimportant.

From “American Jews Remain Strongly Supportive Of The Democratic Party,” The Mellman Group, October 16, 2018

92% of American Jews consider themselves “pro-Israel”

Most American Jews say you can support Israel and criticize its government by Ron Kampeas, The Times of Israel, October 17, 2018 (see also Jewish voters strongly favor Democrats in midterms and disapprove of Trump, poll finds by Ron Kampeas, JTA, October 17, 2018)

92% of voters say they are supportive of Israel. 59% of American Jews say they are comfortable supporting Israel and also criticizing its government.

Bridging the Atlantic: Relationship between Israel and North American Jewry Zionism without Negation of Diaspora by Shraga Bar-On, Shalom Hartman Institute, October 11, 2018

Trying To Bridge The Great Divide by Stewart Ain, The New York Jewish Week, September 26, 2018

‘Bougie’ Herzog, now in the Israeli-diaspora crossfire.

The Deep Sources of a Great Divide by Yehuda Kurtzer, The New Republic, September 6, 2018

The growing divergence of American Jews from Israel is actually composed of two different phenomena: on the one hand, there is anger towards Israel among a set of American Jewish elites, especially young, highly engaged, and educated progressive activists; on the other, an apathy among the broader American Jewish population as it drifts from the demands of particularistic Jewish identity, in which for many decades reflexive attachment to Israel played a significant role.

Fraught Relationship, Fated Bond by Michael Koplow, The New Republic, September 6, 2018

The key to establishing a stable relationship between Israel and American Jews lies in accepting their many differences.

To American Jews – about Israel’s Nation-State law by Ran Bar Yoshafat, The Times of Israel, August 29, 2018

Is Israel turning off Diaspora Jewry? by David Eliezrie, The Jerusalem Post, August 20, 2018

Israel, This Is Not Who We Are by Ronald S. Lauder, The New York Times, August 13, 2018 (see also responses: Israel Is Proud of Who We Are by Naftali Bennett, The New York Times, August 15, 2018; Israel is the only Jewish state we have by Menachem Margolin, The Times of Israel, August 15, 2018)

“Orthodoxy should be respected, but we cannot allow the politics of a radical minority to alienate millions of Jews worldwide.” vs. “Some critics believe that a law defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is a threat to the Jewish people. This is audacious and preposterous.”

Does Israel Owe Us Anything? by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, July 26, 2018

Sharansky: Many in Israel think Reform Judaism is some kind of hostile sect by David Horovitz, The Times of Israel, July 19, 2018

“But all is emphatically not well in relations between Israel and the rest of the Jewish world, and especially between Israel and the only other multi-million-strong Jewish community, in North America. The geographically separated parts of our single Jewish people often have different priorities and different needs, and there are always going to be disagreements between them, he accepts. But those frictions and tensions are exacerbated by striking levels of ignorance and a relentless failure to communicate routinely, openly and constructively.”

Lessons From a Run-In With Ben-Gurion Security by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, July 19, 2018

If American Jewish progressives really seek change… by Daniel Gordis, The Jerusalem Post, July 18, 2018

Can American and Israeli Jews Stay Together as One People? by Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Mosaic, July 9, 2018

Long-festering strains between the world’s two largest communities jeopardize the prospects of a shared Jewish future. Here’s a way forward.

Can Israeli Culture Save Jewish Philanthropy? By Adam Scott Bellos, eJewishPhilanthropy.com, July 8, 2018

Israeli-Americans Can Bridge Growing Gaps in the Jewish World by Barry Shrage, eJewishPhilanthropy.com, July 3, 2018

Abrasive Israel, apathetic Diaspora behind Jewry’s widening gap, says report by Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel, June 26, 2018

Jerusalem-based think tank JPPI says now that the Jewish state is indisputably Judaism’s ‘center of gravity,’ it bears the onus of mending rift with splintered community abroad

Bridging Gaps, Building Peoplehood by Steven Bayme, The Jewish Week, June 13, 2018

Poll shows deep divisions between Israeli and US Jews on Trump, peace, religion, The Times of Israel, June 10, 2018

AJC survey shows Israelis much more supportive of US leader’s handling of relations, far more accepting of ultra-Orthodox monopoly over religious affairs in Jewish state

Quo vadis, Judaism? by Daniel Gordis, The Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2018

Welcome To The Dysfunctional Relationship Between Israelis, American Jews by Yossi Klein Halevi, The Jewish Week, May 30, 2018

Navigating contradictory geographies. American Jews live in the safest and most accepting diaspora Jews have known; Israelis live in the most dangerous region on the planet.

American Jews to Israelis: What exactly about shooting unarmed Palestinian demonstrators on the Gaza border don’t you understand is wrong?

Israelis to American Jews: What exactly about preventing a mass Hamas breach of our security fence don’t you understand is essential?

At Home In That Other Promised Land by Yehuda Kurtzer, The Jewish Week, May 30, 2018: Does Zionism ask too much of the American Jewish community?

Israelis Balk At Input From U.S. Jews: Survey by Stewart Ain, May 30, 2018: UJA poll reveals ‘dangerous’ split on key issues, yet sense of common destiny.

Zionism and the Wedge Between US and Israeli Jews by Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 24, 2018

Ron Lauder Unfairly Assails Israel by Shmuley Boteach, The Algemeiner, March 23, 2018

If Support for Israel Is Up, Why Is the Jewish Establishment Worried? by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, March 22, 2018

Love of Israel, America, Can Take on Many Forms by Gil Troy, The Jerusalem Post, March 5, 2018

Thoughts on Israeliness while standing in customs by Alex Pomson, The Times of Israel, February 21, 2018

[W]ith so much concern about the slow, and perhaps not so slow, drift of American Jewry from Israel, it seems remarkable that Israel is the hook that is drawing in teens who might not otherwise participate in Jewish programming.

Young Jews Are Actually Winning The Generational War Over Israel by Batya Ungar-Sargon, The Forward, February 13, 2018

The Takeaway From Israel’s Argument With Poland by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, February 1, 2018

Diaspora Jews should be granted the same privilege that Israel now claims for itself with regard to how Poland treats the Holocaust.

Everybody Loves Mike [Pence] by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, January 25, 2018

What Israel just doesn’t get about American Jews by Leah Bieler, The Times of Israel, January 25, 2018

Sibling Rivalry: Four ways Israel and American Jews grew apart in 2017 by Ben Sales, The Times of Israel, December 31, 2017

The world’s two largest Jewish population centers have never seen eye to eye, but this year’s confrontations have been particularly acrimonious

Zionism and the Changing Global Structure by David Hazony and Adam Scott Bellos, The Jerusalem Post, December 12, 2017

American Jews are re-litigating the twentieth century, while Israelis are living the twenty-first.

Reform Movement Backs Palestinians against Israel on Jerusalem by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, December 6, 2017

My Reform and Conservative brothers and sisters, please stop by Todd Berman, The Times of Israel, December 5, 2017

The Shadows in Tzipi Hotovely’s Cave by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, November 30, 2017

U.S. Jews and Israel’s Right to Be Heard by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, November 15, 2017

Reform Jews at Crossroads on Israel by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, The New York Jewish Week, October 4, 2017

Battle against ‘intolerance’ demands major funding push, a leading rabbi argues.

Two States and the Renewal of American Judaism by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, October 4, 2017

Are We Really One Tribe? by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, September 20, 2017

Young Anti-Zionist Jews Claim to Speak For My Generation. They Don’t. It’s Time We Called Them On It. by Benjamin Gladstone, Tablet, August 31, 2017

Anti-Zionist Jews are trying to push mainstream progressive Jews out of leftist spaces. Let’s push back.

Minding the Gap: A Primer for Jewish Professionals and Philanthropy by Yehuda Kurtzer, eJewishPhilanthropy, July 18, 2017

Between American Jews and Israel: Are Pressure Tactics Fair Game? An Exchange, Mosaic, July 24, 2017

Daniel Gordis and Elliott Abrams debate the proper response to the Israeli government’s recent decisions on prayer at the Western Wall and conversion to Judaism.

Gratitude, Democracy, and the Western Wall by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, July 5, 2017

Israelis don’t care that you’re insulted: An open letter to American Jews by Daniel Gordis, The Times of Israel, July 3, 2017

Israeli Identity and the Future of American Jewry by David Hazony, The Tower, June-July 2017

Demographic data and political turmoil have thrown non-Orthodox American Jews into a crisis of identity. Does Israeli culture offer a way out?

With Israeli decision on prayers at Western Wall, some see diminished clout of liberal U.S. Jews by Joshua Mitnick, Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2017

How to Make Israelis Care by Daniel Gordis, The Jerusalem Post, June 29, 2017

Israel, American Jewry and Trump’s GOP by Carolyn Glick, The Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2017

Are Next-Gen Americans Pulling Away From Israel? by Gary Rosenblatt, The New York Jewish Week, June 21, 2017 (See also ‘Vast majority’ of Jewish students are connected to Israel, insists Brandeis prof by Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel, June 28, 2017: “15 years of comprehensive study leads Prof. Len Saxe to laugh off ‘devastating’ allegations that millennials are losing support for Jewish state.”)

Why Many American Jews Are Becoming Indifferent or Even Hostile to Israel by Daniel Gordis, Mosaic, May 8, 2017 (see also response, How a Changing American Liberalism Is Pulling American Jews away From Israel by Evelyn Gordon, May 18; and rebuttal, Why the American Jewish Distancing from Israel Is So Heartbreaking, by Daniel Gordis, May 30)

Confessions Of A Once-Distant Zionist by Gary Rosenblatt, Jewish Week, May 1, 2017

Still, for American Jews today, whether as supporters or critics, Israel is a reality in their lives, and an indicator of their Jewish identity, no longer the distant dot on the map it was when I was growing up. …. But Israel, once the great unifier in our society, has become a source of division and debate, chiefly over its policies regarding the Palestinians.

Fifty Years Of American Jewish Angst by Jonathan Tobin, The New York Jewish Week, April 25, 2017

American Protesters’ Cause Isn’t Clear to Israel by Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg, April 4, 2017

[S]omething is shifting, and may never be the same. What will change because of these protests, however, is not U.S. Jewry, but the relationship between American Jews and their Israeli counterparts. Growing groups of each community are now willing to disown the other.

A Tide Turns as Israelis Pray for American Jews by Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg View, March 14, 2017

What Type of Utopia Will Israel Be? by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, March 6, 2017

Video: Yehuda Kurtzer explores generational shifts around Israel and the values we must recognize and wrestle with to bridge divides and advance meaningful conversations. Hadassah, February 2017 (six video segments, 4-6 minutes each)

Tension in the Tribe: The Jewish People is drifting apart by David Kreizelman, The Times of Israel, November 29, 2016

We’re not “losing” the next generation of American Jews. Really. For the most part, we’ve already lost them. And it has little to do with hawkish Israeli governments.

Why Israel has no use for American Jewish organizations by Gidon Ben Zvi, American Thinker, November 28, 2016

Radical activists are threatening to burn down the edifice of Israel-Diaspora relations by David M. Weinberg, The Jerusalem Post, November 24, 2016

A Western Wall For All by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum Matzav Blog, November 3, 2016

We Need To Talk About Israel by Daniel Gordis, Tablet, October 14

Is it possible to write a book about Israel where conflict is not the fulcrum of the Jewish state’s history?

Frustrated: Israelis And American Jews. Discuss. by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, October 13, 2016

On Israel, The ‘Sane Center Must Speak With Passion’ by Elliot Cosgrove, The Jewish Week, October 13, 2016

A leading N.Y. rabbi calls for a new American Zionism.

Little piece of heaven on earth by MK Dr. Nachman Shai, The Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2016

Time to take the Twitter test by Daniel Gordis, The Jerusalem Post, September 22, 2016

Video: Zionism 3.0 (30’48”) by Yehuda Kurtzer, September 21, 2016

YU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing’ by Stewart Ain, The Jewish week, August 9, 2016

Do historians’ views about Zionism and U.S. Jews point to a larger trend?

American Jews are getting what is ‘right’ on Israel wrong by Paul Gross, The Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2016

Terrorism and economic warfare by Clifford D. May, The Washington Times, June 14, 2016

It’s a one-two punch meant to bring about a Middle East without Jews

Video: American Jewish Engagement with Israel (1:35’07”), Yehuda Kurtzer, Shalom Hartman Institute, June 6, 2016

Video: The State of the Jewish World, 2016 (23’23”) by Yossi Klein Halevi, Shalom Hartman Institute, speaking at the AJC Global Forum, the American Jewish Committee’s annual conference in Washington, June 5, 2016

Playing the Blame Game by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum Matzav Blog, April 7, 2016

The Insularity of Feeling Safe by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, April 22, 2016

How American Jews Have Detached Themselves from Jewish Memory by Daniel Gordis, Mosaic, April 2016 (see also If American Jews and Israel Are Drifting Apart, What’s the Reason? by Elliott Abrams, Mosaic, April 4, 2016; Unspoken Reasons for the American Jewish Distancing from Israel by Martin Kramer, Mosaic, April 14, 2016; and Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem’ by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, May 11, 2016)

Does Israel Need U.S. Jewish Support? by Daniel Pipes, Israel Hayom, April 18, 2016

A Tale of Two Jewries: The Pew Surveys of American and Israeli Jews by Dov Waxman, Israel Policy Forum, March 16, 2016

Are American Jews Turning Away from Israel? by Bruce Stokes, Foreign Policy, March 10, 2016

Israel Reaches Out to an Old Ally: American Jews by Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg View, February 15, 2016

How Obama distracted American Jewry by Steven E. Zipperstein, The Times of Israel, February 2, 2016

Why The Israeli Government Isn’t Worried About American Jews by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, January 28, 2016

Is the Diaspora dying? by Elliot Jager, The Jerusalem Post, January 9, 2016

Demographic trends notwithstanding, Jewish leaders in America insist that the Diaspora is here to stay – no matter what the future holds for Israel.

Frustration With Israel Is Growing Here At Home by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, January 6, 2015 (see also rebuttal, Why Israel Is Frustrated With American Jewish Leaders by Gerald M. Steinberg, The Jewish Week, January 27, 2016)

The hard fact is that Israel’s leadership is moving in a direction at odds with the next generation of Americans. [….] Our job [as American Jewish leaders] remains to show support for Israel, if not all its policies, and to emphasize its remarkable achievements and importance in a chaotic, hostile region. But our job is getting harder with each passing day.

How to Have the Conversation about Israel at your JCC or Synagogue by Zack Bodner, eJewish Philanthropy, December 16, 2015

The Closing of the American Jewish Mind by Julian E. Zelizer, Tablet, December 9, 2015: A shul reconsiders an invitation to give a talk on politics, based on a perception of the speaker’s political affiliations—and healthy dialogue takes yet another blow.

Only through robust debates can we better understand the path toward the best decisions. Only through interaction and open dialogue can we be human and tolerant of divergent views. Only through real dialogue can we be a healthy community. The current environment will not allow this to happen.

The Jewish Future by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, December 8, 2015

Video: Zionism 3.0: Long-Distance Siblings (59’33”): Panel discussion with Peter Beinart (Haaretz, The Atlantic), Ruth Calderon (Hartman Institute), Gidi Grinstein (Reut Institute) and Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal) and moderated by Chemi Shalev at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, December 1, 2015 (see especially here: Ruth Calderon on the role of disputes and culture clashes between Israelis and Jewish Americans)

Alternative Judaism: Taking Israel Out of Judaism by Lex, Israellycool.com, November 19, 2015

Building a bridge over troubled waters by Akiva Tor, The Times of Israel, October 27, 2015

Israel must not impose views on US Jewish community by Uri Savir, Al-Monitor, October 11, 2015

Dissonance by Daniel Gordis, Jewish Review of Books, Fall 2015

Peoplehood Across The Divide: What Do Jews in Israel and America Owe One Another? Yehuda Kurtzer, December 2014

Israel Reaches Consensus on Gaza, Diaspora Jews Reject It by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, July 29, 2015

To fight BDS, focus on teens by David Bryfman and Steven M. Cohen, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 13, 2015

Jews, Israel Face Widening Rift by Douglas Bloomfield, The Jewish Week, July 6, 2015

The price we pay for loving Israel by Andrew Silow-Carroll, The Times of Israel, June 17, 2015

A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends by Michael Doran, Mosaic, May 28, 2015

The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed.

Navigating Existential Divides by Yossi Klein Halevi, The Jewish Week, May 27, 2015

The Politics Of Loyalty by Yehuda Kurtzer, The Jewish Week, May 27, 2015

Simply put, one of the greatest philosophical mistakes we Jews made following the creation of Israel was the too-quick transformation of Zionism from a discourse of imagination into a discourse of loyalty. [….] Retrieving Zionism as an imaginative discourse for the Jewish people is the best answer to the “crisis” of liberal Zionism.

The new danger for Israel on campus by Donniel Hartman, The Times of Israel, May 27, 2015

Our challenge is not merely how to confront an enemy on the outside, but rather how to combat an ever-growing alienation toward Israel from within the Jewish student body.

‘I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?’: Signs of growing disconnect between U.S. Jews and Israel evident at global Jewish think tank conference by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, May 27, 2015

How To Love Israel — While Fighting Like Cats and Dogs About What That Means by J.J. Goldberg, The Forward, April 28, 2015

The good news is that talking about whether Israel still unites us is fast becoming a major unifying force. Conferences, community forums and learned studies create a near-constant buzz of excited discussion. Those who aren’t studying the state of Jewish unity around Israel are busy yelling at each other over the rights or wrongs of Israeli behavior. It’s a new way of bringing Jews together. Or not so new.

From generation to degeneration: Declining American Jewish kinship with Israel? by Hayim Herring, The Times of Israel, April 22, 2015

America’s Left-Wing Jews Are Ashamed of Israel’s Jews by Dennis Prager, National Review, March 24, 2015

If only the Israelis understood the Middle East as well as American Jews do . . .

Let’s help young Jews talk about Israel by Dan Fast, The Times of Israel, February 2, 2015

Fighting for Israel – not against it by Yehuda Kurtzer, The Times of Israel, December 24, 2014 (see also video: Peoplehood Across The Divide: What Do Jews in Israel and America Owe One Another? (1:20’34”), Yehuda Kurtzer at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, December 14, 2014)

“[I]t must be possible to adduce a quality argument without silencing or sanctioning the more powerful opposition. [J]ust as losing a debate is not the same as being silenced, there is no excuse for the silencing or sanctioning efforts as shortcuts to the debate itself.”

BDS and the Politics of ‘Radical’ Gestures by Todd Gitlin, Tablet, October 27, 2014

Boycotts and divestment can be useful tools for righting wrongs, but they are apolitical tantrums in cases of right versus right

Cracks in American Jewish community’s support for Israel by Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, October 15, 2014

Are we like American Jews during the Shoah? by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, October 14, 2014 (references this Rosh Hashanah sermon by Rabbi Shalom Lewis at Etz Chaim synagogue in Marietta, Georgia)

News that’s definitely good for the Jews by Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, October 6, 2014

What We Talk about When We Talk about Israel by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, October 3, 2014

Muzzled by the Minority by Eric H. Yoffie, Reform Judaism Magazine, Fall 2014

The 615th Commandment by Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Park Avenue Synagogue, September 25, 2014 (Rosh Hashanah 5775)

Myths and Facts About American Campuses: #1 Young Americans Are No Longer Sympathetic Toward Israel by Mitchell Bard, September 24, 2014

Popular Rabbi’s Parting Shot by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, September 3, 2014

Study of young US Jewish adults finds nuanced support for Israel by Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel, August 29, 2014

Dear Rabbi, I hear your silence by Barak Bar-Cohen, Times of Israel, August 24, 2014

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount by Steve Lipman, The Jewish Week, July 23, 2014

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

Wartime unity conceals political differences among American Jews by Sam Sokol, Jerusalem Post, July 24, 2014

Out in Left Field by Asaf Romirowsky, Times of Israel, June 27, 2014

Can Israel rebuild the Jewish people? by Haviv Rettig Gur, Times of Israel, June 22, 2014 (see also follow-up, Minding the gap, June 26)

Israel no longer a cause that unifies US Jews by Rachel Zoll, Seattle Times, June 9, 2014

Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities.

Can Zionism Be The Answer? by Sid Schwarz, The Jewish Week, June 3, 2014

A nuanced form of the Jewish state project can galvanize the community.

Doubts Cloud Israel’s Diaspora Push by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, May 21, 2014

A Push and a Hug by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Herzl-Ner Tamid, May 7, 2014

How Should Rabbis Speak About Israel? by Richard A. Block, The Tower, May 2014 (see also The pulpit isn’t the place for Israel criticism by Richard A. Block, JTA, April 29, 2014)

Presidents, Relevance, and Naming Some Elephants by Yehuda Kurtzer, Times of Israel, May 1, 2014 [on the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations rejecting J Street as a member)

One of the strange phenomena on the rise in the organized Jewish community is the belief that if people ask difficult questions, maintain dissenting views, or even violate norms, the most effective response by leadership is to lash out, attack the questions or the questioners, and close ranks.

A free trip to Israel? No thanks by Tzvi Gluckin, Times of Israel, April 29, 2014

Birthright’s target audience doesn’t hate Israel, not really. They also don’t hate Judaism or being Jewish. They like it. But they like it like Irish-Americans like being Irish. “Jewish” is your ethnic identity. Lighting a candle and eating latkes on Chanukah is like wearing green and drinking beer on St. Patrick’s Day. It is nice. It is fun. But that is about it.

Israel Reaches Out to the Diaspora by Ethan Bronner, New York Times, March 15, 2014

Let us help you help us by Yehuda Kurtzer, Times of Israel, March 2, 2014 (see also response, Hold your fire by Michael Rosenzweig, Times of Israel, March 9)

The American Jewish fairness trap by Alexander H. Joffe, Times of Israel, February 27, 2014

Where to draw red lines with criticism of Israel? by Uriel Heilman, Times of Israel, February 27, 2014

 In hosting critics, Jewish institutions are damned if they do and damned if they don’t

Queen Esther and the ‘distancing’ of liberal Jews by Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, February 24, 2014 (see also follow-on, Reading Esther: A response to my readers, March 6)

The ‘big tent’ to nowhere by Asaf Romirowsky, Jerusalem Post, February 23, 2014

A different place with different people by Ira Sharkansky, Jerusalem Post, February 17, 2014

Rethinking the ‘secret sauce’ behind Jewish survival by Renee Ghert-Zand, Times of Israel, December 30, 2013

“Gidi Grinstein’s new book ‘Flexigidity’ claims attitudes in today’s Israel are too strict, while in North America too lax. But it’s not too late for change.”

Universal Jewish Service: An Idea for the New Year by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, December 27, 2013

The forever-falling-apart people by Tal Becker, Times of Israel, December 22, 2013

Israel reaches out to save US Jewish community by Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press, December 16, 2013

Why Birthright Israel is hafuch by Rabbi Aaron Meyer, JT News, December 6, 2013 (see also rebuttal, Why Birthright makes a difference by Keith Dvorchik, JT News, December 20, 2013)

American Jewish Demography and the challenge of supporting Israel by Alexander H. Joffe, Times of Israel, November 25, 2013

Letters to an American Jewish Friend: The Case for Life in Israel by Hillel Halkin, Mosaic, November 2013

The Triangle Connecting the U.S., Israel, and American Jewry May Be Coming Apart by Adam Garfinkle, Tablet, November 5, 2013

For decades, shared interests kept all three players in a mutually beneficial relationship, but its end might not be such a bad thing

An Israeli Soldier to American Jews: Wake up! by Hen Mazzig, Times of Israel, October 10, 2013

Are Young Jews Actually More Connected Than Believed? by Sylvia Barack Fishman, The Jewish Week, October 9, 2013

Reluctant or Repressed? Aversion to Expressing Views on Israel Among American Rabbis by Steven M. Cohen & Rabbi Jason Gitlin, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, October 8, 2013

Representing Those Who Care by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, October 4, 2013

The American Jewish Cocoon by Peter Beinart, The New York Review of Books, September 26, 2013 (see also rebuttal, What Beinart Overlooks in His ‘American Jewish Cocoon’ Article by Gil Troy, Daily Beast, September 4, 2013)

Young U.S. Jews feel closer to Israel, studies find by Tom Tugend, JewishJournal.com, August 13, 2013

Painful concessions and American Jews by Eugene Kontorovich, Times of Israel, July 31, 2013

Jonathan Pollard: When is Enough, Enough? by Rabbi Henry Jay Karp, We Are For Israel, July 31, 2013

Jewish leaders must be vocal in backing Kerry’s mission by Ephraim Sneh and Robert K. Lifton, JTA, July 14, 2013

Why American Jews Matter by Roger Cohen, New York Times, June 20, 2013

A Teachable Moment for American Jews? by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, June 14, 2013

An Open Letter to the American Jewish Community, J Street, June 5, 2013

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Zionist by Gloria Goldreich, Hadassah Magazine, June 2013

Video (25’36”): Caroline Glick Speaks at the 2013 Jerusalem Post Conference, June 2013

Talking Past: The Non-Dialogue between the American and Israeli Jewish Communities by Ed Rettig, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) No. 9128, May 23, 2013

Letter from American Jewish leaders to Prime Minister Netanyahu in support of pursuing peace (April 3, 2013) and a parallel one from the Emergency Committee for Israel (April 4).  See also analysis by Barry Rubin, A Letter to Israel from American Jewish Leaders Shows The Problem with American Jewish “Leaders”, April 8.

Pesach Jews Vs. Purim Jews: The Agony of our Dilemma by Yossi Klein Halevi, Hartman Institute, March 5, 2013

As I travel through North American Jewish communities, on a lecture tour about Israeli society in the aftermath of the elections, I sometimes feel as though I am in a time warp. Visiting an Orthodox community, I may find myself back in the 1970s and 1980s, before the first Intifada convinced a majority of Israelis that the occupation is a mortal threat to the Jewish state; instead, right-wing American Jews will insist, Israel must continue building settlements and creating facts on the ground. And when I visit a liberal community, I may find myself back in the 1990s, before the second Intifada convinced that same majority of Israelis that a one-way peace process is likewise a mortal threat to the Jewish state; instead, left-wing American Jews will insist, a peace agreement is always within reach and just a matter of Israeli will.

Another look at American Jewish power and Israel by Ira Sharkansky, “Window on Israel” Jerusalem Post blog, February 4, 2013

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: U.S. Jews are fed up with not being valued by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Haaretz, January 16, 2013 (Rebuttal:  A dose of nuance by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, January 24, 2013: “The letter that Netanyahu should, but won’t, send.”)

What It Means To Be “Pro-Israel” by Brent Sasley, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, December 28, 2012

U.S. Jews: Don’t fall into the trap of fatalism by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, Haaretz, December 19, 2012

Time for the pro-Israel community to unite by Alan Dershowitz, Times of Israel, December 10, 2012

The Dangerous Myopia of American Jewish Leaders by Daniel Gordis, Haaretz, December 9, 2012

The Limits of Empathy by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, November 21, 2012

When balance becomes betrayal by Daniel Gordis, The Times of Israel, November 18, 2012

The Failure of the American Jewish Left by David Brog, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2013

Neologism and Nationalism by Alexander H. Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily, August 30, 2012

No Jewish People Without Israel: Why the future of American Judaism as we know it depends on the survival of the Jewish state by Daniel Gordis, Tablet, August 20, 2012

Young Jews and Israel by Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations, July 11, 2012

How big is the Jewish tent? By Jonathan S. Tobin, JointMedia News Service, July 8, 2012

American Jews’ Cowardly Retreat from the term “Zionism” by Gil Troy, Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2012

Liberal Jews Turn on Obama by William Kristol, Weekly Standard, June 1, 2012

Moderate middle must be heard on Israel debate by Peter A. Joseph, JTA, May 7, 2012

‘American Jews boycotting Israeli settlements is terribly wrong’, Israel Hayom, May 7, 2012

Rabbi Daniel Gordis / Peter Beinart Debate
Holy Blossom Temple, October 2010

The Jewish demographic divide by Richard Baehr, Israel Hayom, April 30, 2012

Video (& download): Devotion, Distancing and Disloyalty: The Diversity and Complexity of American Jews’ Relationships with Israel Today, Steven M. Cohen, Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies, University of Washington, April 25, 2012

The Challenge of Peoplehood: Strengthening the Attachment of Young American Jews to Israel in the Time of the Distancing Discourse by Inbal Hakman and Shmuel Rosner, Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), April 2012 (see also summary, Study Debunks Crisis of Zionism Myth by Omri Ceren, Commentary, April 2, 2012)

The Israeli Diaspora as a Catalyst for Jewish Peoplehood, Reut Institute, March 19, 2012 (see also summary, New Approaches To Strengthening Old Ties by Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week, April 10, 2012)

The Dangerous Myths about “Distancing” from Israel—and Even More Disturbing Facts by Stephen Kuperberg, Times of Israel, February 21, 2012

The end of Jews “distancing” from Israel? (Yeah, right) by Shmuel Rosner, Jewish Journal, February 14, 2012

Young Jews are Pro-Israel by Mitchell Bard, Jerusalem Post, January 17, 2012

What Does it Mean to be Pro-Israel? by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, January 13, 2012

Silent Young Jewish Majority by Matthew Ackerman, Commentary, January 10, 2012

Video: Rabbi Richard Hirsch at the 2011 Biennial Plenary of the Union for Reform Judaism, December 2011

We need to let the world know how we really feel about Israelm by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, JT News, October 24, 2011

An Exchange on “Are Young Rabbis Turning on Israel?” by Daniel Gordis, Commentary, September 2011

Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents’ View of Israel by Dana Goldstein, Time, September 29, 2011

This Year, Any Rabbkinbis Afraid to Talk About Israel to their Congregations – Should Quit by Gil Troy, Jerusalem Post, September 27, 2011

Hineni! Here I Am! by David Harris, Jerusalem Post, September 13, 2011

The collapse of Zionist leadership by Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post, June 23, 2011

Rebuttal from JAFI spokesperson: Talking Seriously About Aliya by Haviv Rettig Gur, eJewish Philanthropy, June 26, 2011

Zionism of Tomorrow by Sybil Ottenstein, Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2011

Are Young Rabbis Turning on Israel? by Daniel Gordis, Commentary, June 2011

Luntz/CAMERA Poll Affirms Strong American Jewish Support for Israel, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, May 25, 2011 [American Jews on Israel and the Middle East, Luntz Global, May 2011: summary, full results pdf]

Think Again: Is Israel dividing American Jewry? by Jonathan Rosenblum, Jerusalem Post, May 6, 2011

Peter Beinart & Yossi Klein Halevi debate, American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2011, May 2011 [video]

Where are the great American Jewish leaders? by Aryeh Rubin, JTA, May 4, 2011

Alienation From Israel Hitting Liberal Seminaries, The Jewish Week, Gary Rosenblatt, May 3, 2011

Rabbinical students, in generational divide, seen disenchanted with Jewish state; time to rethink year-in-Israel study?

Rabbi Rick Jacob’s Speech to the Consultation on Conscience, May 2, 2011 [with video]

Ammiel Hirsch’s Response to Peter Beinart at the CCAR Convention, We Are For Israel, March 30, 2011

Special Issue on the Distancing Hypothesis, The Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 30, No. 2-3, October 2010 (see also Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and Their Alienation from Israel by Steven M. Cohen and Ari Y. Kelman. Jewish Identity Project of Reboot, 2007)

Generation of Change: How Leaders in Their Twenties and Thirties Are Reshaping American Jewish Life by Jack Wertheimer, Avi Chai Faoundation, September 2010 [pdf]

The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment by Peter Beinart, New York Review of Books, June 10, 2010

The Storm Ahead by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, May 28, 2010

I propose that we ask ourselves a few basic questions: (1) Do we believe that the future of the Jewish people depends on what happens to Israel? (2) Do we believe that Israel can survive without strong and consistent support from the American Jewish community? (3) Given today’s younger generation, does a serious problem loom? (4) If we are facing a challenge, how did it arise? (5) And perhaps most importantly, what should be done?