How American Jews Have Detached Themselves from Jewish Memory

In recent years they’ve let go of both ancient communal memory and recent political memory. No wonder they’re now letting go of Israel.

A chandelier at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City. Kate Milford, Museum at Eldridge Street.

A chandelier at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City. Kate Milford, Museum at Eldridge Street.

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April 11 2016
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Daniel Gordis is Koret Distinguished Fellow and chair of the core curriculum at Shalem College in Jerusalem. His new book, Israel: A Concise History of a People Reborn, won the Jewish Book Council’s “Book of the Year” award for 2016.


Elliott Abrams is clearly correct in asserting both that American Jews are moving away from support of Israel and that this tectonic shift is traceable much less to Israel’s policies than to the manner in which American Jews now constitute their worldview and their Jewish identities.

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