Building Jewish Roots: The Israel Experience

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jun 22, 2014 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 238 pages
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Thousands of young North American Jews visit Israel every year on organized, educational, heritage tours. Israel Experience Programs present religion, homeland, and nation to participants in compelling and sometimes unsettling ways. Supported by Jewish communal institutions, these programs are encouraged for their presumed value in combating assimilation and a loss of Jewish culture. Faydra Shapiro suggests that their real success may lie elsewhere.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Life at Livnot
16
3 Routes to Israel
50
4 Routes to Other Jews
78
5 Routes to Judaism
99
6 Life after Livnot
137
7 The Power to Choose
176
Notes
195
Bibliography
211
Index
221
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Faydra L. Shapiro is associate professor, religion and culture, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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