Resources on Zionism
• Encourage our membership to experience Israel and consider aliyah (including long term programs, summer programs, school trips, synagogue trips, family trips, sabbaticals, birthright, etc.)
As we celebrate 60 years of Jewish statehood and marvel at the transformation of the country over the past six decades, it is important that those of us involved in Israel education take advantage of the opportunity not only to rejoice, but also to reflect.
Every Jew is called to a dual task – to fashion his or her life as an expression of the age-old covenant linking God and the Jewish people, and to express the dynamism and creativity of that covenant according to his or her own unique personality. Like those who have come before us, we rise to take our place in both the transmission and the expansion of God’s Torah. This bifurcated mission we share with every other generation of Jews.
(Post) Modern Alienation and Hope: Zionism as a Longing for Meaning [taken from Faculty Forum Volume 7, Number 2]
Jews throughout the world who became ardent Zionists during the 19th and 20th centuries relate the same personal testimony heard time and again in different voices: Zionism was, for them, first and foremost, a personal, existential redemption, a one-time opportunity to endow their lives with meaning.
In honor of Israel's 60th birthday I would like to explain some of the reasons why I decided to live in Israel. These are not the only reasons a Jew should make aliyah, and they may not be the best, but these are some of the reasons that appeal to me. Allow me to begin with three stories:
Rabbi Vernon Kurtz addressing the Jewish Agency Assembly. Panel participants included (l to r): Prof. Yaakov Neeman, Prof. David Ellenson, Rabbi Chaim Drukman and chairperson of the session, Richard Wexler.