Saturday, November 24, 2018

Is there really such a divide between Jews in America and Israel?

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Shouting “All Jews must die,” a refrain not heard much on American soil, Robert Bowers stormed into the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and began shooting Jewish worshippers. By the time he was immobilized by arriving police forces, he had killed 11 people and injured six. The attack highlighted not only the rise of anti-Semitism, but also what appears to be strong political and theological disagreements between Israeli and American Jews.

On Nov. 12, former Israeli Consul-General in New York Ido Aharoni hosted a conversation titled, “A House Divided: Israel and Progressive American Jews,” in which he touched upon this topic. Aharoni, a 25-year veteran of Israel’s Foreign Service, a public-diplomacy [JB emphasis] specialist and founder for the Brand Israel program, currently serves as professor of international relations in the New York University Facility of Arts and Science. The event was held in New York in partnership with American Friends of Tel Aviv University and also featured David Margolick, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair. ...

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