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Jewish Identification And Attachment To Homeland

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This chapter focuses on several indicators of Jewish behavior in both the personal and the public spheres. Three indicators used to investigate American Israelis' connection with the homeland are emotional attachment to Israel, familiarity with the social and political situation in Israel, and Israeli self-definition. The chapter uses two different sets of data from New York, Miami, and Los Angeles to do this. Israel is a Jewish-majority country that does not practice separation of religion and state. In the United States, in contrast, it is the institutional Jewish community that plays the most prominent role in creating connections and involvement among Jews in religious, social, and educational - cultural activities. Both the transition to the United States and the change in status that renders Israeli emigrants an ethno-religious minority outside their homeland give rise to the need for American Israelis to reshape their Jewish identification and their attachment to Israel.

Keywords: homeland; Israel; Jewish identification; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; United States



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