The Transnational Struggle for Jewish Pluralism

Yossi Shain*

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This chapter examines the relationship between the American Jewish community and Israel from the perspective of a transnational struggle over Jewish pluralism. The question of Jewish identity in Israel and in the United States, the continuing insistence of many Jewish Americans on perceiving Israel as a critical source of their own identity, and Israel's direct or indirect involvement in the lives of all Jewish communities create a dynamic in which reciprocal influences mutually constitute Jewish identity. The new modes of Jewish American participation in Israeli affairs - domestic and international, on the one hand, and Israeli rethinking of its own position vis-à-vis the Diaspora in terms of legitimacy, status, power, and identity, on the other - has opened the way for greater negotiation over, and coordination of, the meaning and purpose of Judaism in our time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDemocracy and the New Religious Pluralism
EditorsThomas Banchoff
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780199785513
ISBN (Print)9780195307290, 9780195307221
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • American Jewish community
  • Israel
  • Jewish Americans
  • Jewish identity
  • Judaism

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Israel -- Religion
  • Israel -- Social conditions
  • Jews -- Identity
  • Jews -- United States -- Attitudes toward Israel
  • Jews -- United States -- History -- 1945-


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