Klal Israel – Are We in it Together? Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood

Posted on August 23, 2012

     Elan Ezrachi and Varda Rafaeli’s fantastic segment in “The Peoplehood Papers 8,” expresses the need for change in the ways that Israelis view the Diaspora in order to create a stronger peoplehood.  “for many years the negation of Diaspora was a necessary Israeli approach in order to secure the Zionist Israel-focused identity…times have changed and Israel has changed…we believe that there is a greater readiness among Israelis for a post-negation approach. This approach cannot stand alone.  It needs to be nurtured by a new and relevant appreciation of Jewish Peoplehood that will provide a new and compelling framework for young Israelis.”  This segment was extremely insightful and reminds us how important it is to reach out to our fellow Jews not only locally, but abroad as well.  The author’s also highlight that because many Diaspora Jews helped the State in its early days and today as well, “philanthropy plays a substantial role in shaping the image of Diaspora Jews in the eyes of Israelis.”  Areyvut is proud to assist anyone interested in donating money or time to Israel, in finding the right organizations that will mean something to the individual.  If you would like to learn more about ways in which you can help Israel’s organizations, please contact us at info@areyvut.org.

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