U.S. Jews not turning their backs on Israel, says Jewish Agency’s Sharansky – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

he state of Israel is occupying an increasingly large place in the hearts and minds of American Jews, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said this week, contradicting the widespread notion that large segments of American Jewry are slowly but surely turning their backs on the Jewish state.”Of course there are arguments about whether this policy or that policy is more productive, but basically there is no question that Israel is playing more and more a central role in the identity of American Jewry, and that American Jewry needs Israel as the best tool to guarantee its own survival as a Jewish [community],” Sharansky told Haaretz

Steven M. Cohen, a renowned professor of Jewish Social Policy at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, notes that most Jews described by the distancing hypothesis are not affiliated with any Jewish organization and thus invisible to communal leaders.

via U.S. Jews not turning their backs on Israel, says Jewish Agency’s Sharansky – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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