Diaspora

What We Lose As The Diaspora Shrinks

04/12/2016 - 19:20
Special To The Jewish Week

Back in my lithe teenage years, I used to Israeli dance with the best of them — that is, whenever I wasn’t nursing a sprained ankle caused by my congenital flat-footedness. OK, I admit it; while I thought I was pretty good, I reminded people less of Rudolph Nureyev than those dancing hippopotami in “Fantasia.” In fact, it was my stirring rendition of a gushing water sprinkler in Hora Mamtera that convinced the Israeli government to go all-in for drip irrigation. But I loved Israeli dance nonetheless.

Joshua Hammerman

How To Fix The Diaspora-Israel Relationship

08/03/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

One recent morning I woke to learn that Israel’s Religious Affairs minister, David Azoulay, had made yet another round of disparaging remarks about non-Orthodox Jews in the diaspora. “A Reform Jew, from the moment he stops following Jewish law, I cannot allow myself to say that he is a Jew,” stated Azoulay.

Jay Ruderman

The New Rhythm Of Israel-Diaspora Relations

Israelis in America: We need your song, especially now.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2015 - 20:00

My attitude to the presence of Israelis in New York has evolved.

When I was young, I would hear Hebrew on the street and feel the poignancy of yeridah, of Jewish Israelis “descending” to live in the diaspora.

Guitarist Dan Nadel, Singer and flutist Dan Aran. Larson Harley

Dollars For The Diaspora: A New, And Welcome, Reality

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Editorial

Some major shifts in Jewish life happen in dramatic fashion, others less so.

In recent days details are slowly emerging about a major initiative being undertaken by the government of Israel, in consultation with American Jewish leaders, to invest more than $1 billion over the next two decades to strengthen Jewish identity among young people in the diaspora between the ages of 12 and 35.

Misson Connection

The head of the Museum of the Jewish People -- once the Museum of the Diaspora -- talks about the name change and his goals.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Dan Tadmor left a distinguished career in Israeli media — 20 years as an editor and manager at the daily Yedioth Achronot, followed by several years as a television executive — to become the CEO a year ago of Beit Hatfutsot, formerly known as the Museum of the Diaspora and now the Museum of the Jewish People. During a recent visit to New York he sat down at the offices of The Jewish Week to discuss the significance of the name change, reflecting the reinvented institution and what about the position enticed him to leave journalism. This is an edited transcript.

Dan Tadmor: A career in journalism prepared him to lead Israel’s Museum of the Jewish People.

Engel Goes To Bat For Rabbi Avi Weiss In Letter To Netanyahu

01/13/2014 - 19:00

Bronx Democrat Eliot Engel, who represents Rabbi Avi Weiss and his Riverdale congregation in Congress, expressed his concerns to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Chief Rabbinate’s decision to reject Jewish status letters written by the rabbi.

The Diaspora's Frustration With Israel: A Good Thing

American Jews absolutely love to speak and behave as though what we think should have immediate practical and political bearing in Israel.

Women of the Wall, which agitates for prayer rights at the Kotel, has much American support. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall

Our Duty, In The Diaspora

Once again, Israel is being attacked. But this time around, after having been to Israel, I know what kind of danger they are in.

It is striking. If Israel was proportionate in size to all the attention it gets from the U.N. and the world press, Israel would be at least as big as Russia. But alas, it is smaller than England, and its borders much less defensible. And there's no Israeli Channel to buffer surrounding hostile governments. There is no way around it: Israel is a mighty small chunk of land.

From the Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, the author could glimpse Lebanon, home of Hezbollah. Getty Images

Yes, Israel, There Is Life in Galus

If you are reading this, you are probably Jewish, and there's a good chance you live outside of Israel. But maybe you didn't know that Jewish life exists where you are, and that is sometimes even interesting, and important to understand.
After all, the Israeli media says it didn't grasp this, until now.

The Israeli press recently realized Jewish life outside of Israel is newsworthy.
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