It's crazy to think that Jewish identity can be nurtured without Israel playing a
significant role. Like it or not, the State of Israel is entirely shifting the nature
of Judaism and transforming the landscape of Jewish life around the world.
Whether or not we see Israel as 'the center of the Jewish world', irrespective
of whether we have any intention of living there, questions arise from all
Israel has a potent army – doesn't this affect how we Jews relate to the use of power?
Israel plays out Judaism in its ancestral homeland – doesn't this color our understanding of the environment,
ritual practice, and our sense of place? Israeli Jews are a majority – doesn't this challenge our attitude to minorities,
our views on a Jewish way of governing, and our sentimental attachments to Fiddler on the Roof and Woody Allen?
Israel excites, alienates, and compels. How are we as Jews implicated in Israel's achievements,
mistakes, and challenges? We at MAKOM don't pretend to have simple answers,
but we do know that without openly engaging with these questions, our Jewish lives are impoverished.
We invite you to join an ongoing conversation about hugging and wrestling with Israel.
MAKOM, is a 'next-practice' endeavor, forming and driving experimental
community networks that meet the call of re-imagining the place of Israel in Jewish life.
MAKOM works to empower Jewish educators, rabbis, arts and community leaders to develop deep,
sophisticated and honest Israel programming. Our team, based in Israel and New York, is made up of experts in travel,
education, arts, and religion.
We see this relationship between Haaretz.com and MAKOM
as a vital step towards enriching the public discourse
about the place of Israel in the Jewish world.
For more info visit www.makomisrael.net
MAKOM is a partnership between Jewish communities and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
For more info visit www.jewishagency.org