36. American Jewry's Identification with Israel

Problems and Prospects

  1. Alan T. Levenson
  1. Laurence J. Silberstein

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch36

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Silberstein, L. J. (2012) American Jewry's Identification with Israel, in The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism (ed A. T. Levenson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch36

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  1. University of Oklahoma, USA

Author Information

  1. Lehigh University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

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Print ISBN: 9781405196376

Online ISBN: 9781118232897



  • American Jewry's Identification with Israel;
  • transformative forces in American Jewish Life;
  • rise and fall of Breira;
  • organized public criticism, of Israeli policies;
  • organization Breira;
  • emerging post-zionist ethos in America;
  • beyond Zionism, rethinking homeland and Diaspora


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Transformative Forces in Twentieth-Century American Jewish Life

  • A New Form of Heresy

  • The Rise and Fall of Breira

  • An Emerging Post-Zionist Ethos in America: Hope Renewed and Dashed

  • Rising Criticism and Intensifying Conflict: Ratcheting Up the Discourse

  • Beyond Zionism: Rethinking Homeland and Diaspora

  • American Jews and Israel: Toward a Theoretically Informed Critique

  • Conclusion