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Discover what Jewish people in America have to say about Israeltheir voices have never mattered more than they do now.
As anti-Israel sentiment spreads around the worldfrom Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to former President Jimmy Carterit has never been more important for American Jews to share their feelings and thoughts about Israel, and foster a connection to Israel in the next generation of Jewish and Christian adults.
This inspirational book features the insights of top scholars, business leaders, professionals, politicians, authors, artists and community and religious leaders covering the entire denominational spectrum of Jewish life in America todayand offers an exciting glimpse into the history of Zionism in America with statements from Jews who saw the movement come to life. Presenting a diversity of views, it will encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to think about what Israel means to them and, in particular, help young adults jump start their own lasting, personal relationship with Israel.
Morris Abram • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson • Dr. Marc D. Angel • Samuel Bak • Barbara B. Balser • Rabbi Robert B. Barr • Bernard M. Baruch • Steven Bayme • Ariel Beery • Ari Spungen Bildner • George S. Blumenthal • Michael Bogdanow • Louis D. Brandeis • Marshall J. Breger • Matthew Brooks • Rabbi Sharon Brous • Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin • Shoshana S. Cardin • Emanuel Celler • Central Conference of American Rabbis • Steven M. Cohen • Rabbi Stanley M. Davids • Shira Dicker • Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff • Peter Edelman • Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz • Albert Einstein • Daniel J. Elazar • Rabbi David Ellenson • Senator Russ Feingold • Rabbi Mordecai Finley • Wayne L. Firestone • Max M. Fisher • Sylvia Barack Fishman • Stephen M. Flatow • Felix Frankfurter • Debbie Friedman • Jane Friedman • Richard Elliott Friedman • Abraham H. Foxman • Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn • Stanley P. Gold • Ari L. Goldman • Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein • David M. Gordis • Richard James Horatio Gottheil • Lisa D. Grant • Arthur Green • Harold Grinspoon • Samuel Heilman • Lillian Hellman • Nat Hentoff • Arthur Hertzberg • Abraham Joshua Heschel • Assemblyman Dov Hikind • Peter Himmelman • Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield • Bethamie Horowitz • Edward Jacobson • Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis • James J. Katz • Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar • Rabbi Kauffman Kohler • Lydia Kukoff • Arthur Kurzweil • Emma Lazarus • Rabbi Felix Levy • Judah Magnes • Rabbi Janet R. Marder • Harpo Marx • Danny Maseng • Rabbi Goldie Milgram • Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz • Alan Mittleman • Rabbi David Polish • Joachim Prinz • Laurie L. Patton • Elliot Ratzman • Shulamit Reinharz • Thane Rosenbaum • Alvin H. Rosenfeld • Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin • Jonathan D. Sarna • Solomon Schechter • Susan Weidman Schneider • Peninnah Schram • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Lynn Schusterman • Howard Schwartz • Rosanne Miller Selfon • Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro • Danny Siegel • Abba Hillel Silver • Rabbi Alan Silverstein • David Silverstein • Rabbi Milton Steinberg • Aryeh Lev Stollman • Oscar Solomon Straus • David M. Suissa • Marie Syrkin • Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik • Aaron Press Taylor • Rabbi David A. Teutsch • Stephen Joel Trachtenberg • Rabbi Gordon Tucker • Rabbi Moshe Waldoks • Michael Walzer • Rep. Henry A. Waxman • Rabbi Avraham Weiss • Dr. Robert Wexler • Rabbi Stephen S. Wise • Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf • Rabbi David Wolpe • Shara Yurkiewicz
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is recognized as one of the most thoughtful Jewish writers and teachers of his generation. He has helped people of all ages find spiritual meaning in both the great and small moments in life.A noted author whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest and the Congressional Record, Rabbi Salkin is editor of The Modern Men's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah PortionsandText Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens; and author of Being God's Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work, with an introduction by Norman Lear; the best-seller Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah; For KidsPutting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships (all Jewish Lights), among other books.
PART IIDENTITY & HERITAGE: MY ANCESTRAL HOME REBORN IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF MY IDENTITY 1Rabbi David Wolpe 3Sylvia Barack Fishman 6Matthew Brooks 9Samuel Bak 11Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar 14David M. Suissa 16Stephen Joel Trachtenberg 17Peninnah Schram 20David Silverstein 22Rabbi Gordon Tucker 25Shira Dicker 27Rabbi David Ellenson 29George S. Blumenthal 32Susan Weidman Schneider 35Howard Schwartz 37Alan Mittleman 40Lisa D. Grant 42Arthur Kurzweil 44Debbie Friedman 46Rabbi Alan Silverstein 48Bethamie Horowitz 51Wayne L. Firestone 53Barbara B. Balser 54James J. Katz 57Michael Bogdanow 59
PART IIREFUGE: A REFUGE FROM ANTI-SEMITISM, A PLACE OF SAFETY 61Shulamit Reinharz 63Abraham H. Foxman 66Rep. Henry A. Waxman 67Thane Rosenbaum 69Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin 71Senator Russ Feingold 72Harold Grinspoon 74Alvin H. Rosenfeld 77Nat Hentoff 79Assemblyman Dov Hikind 80Stephen M. Flatow 81Samuel Heilman 83Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz 85Danny Maseng 87Michael Walzer 89
PART IIIFAITH & COVENANT: A LIVING, VIBRANT PART OF MY RELIGIOUS FAITH 93
Lynn Schusterman 95Ari Spungen Bildner 99Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield 101Aryeh Lev Stollman 103Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis 105Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin 108Ari L. Goldman 111Rabbi Mordecai Finley 113Peter Himmelman 116Shara Yurkiewicz 118Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson 120Lydia Kukoff 123Jane Friedman 125Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz 127Marshall J. Breger 128Rabbi Janet R. Marder 130
PART IVTIKKUM OLAM: A LIGHT UNTO THE NATIONSHOPES FOR REPAIRING THE WORLD AND DREAMS OF A BETTER WORLD 135Dr. Marc D. Angel 137Jonathan D. Sarna 139Shoshana S. Cardin 142Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf 144Danny Siegel 146Rabbi Sharon Brous 149Arthur Green 151Rabbi David A. Teutsch 154Steven Bayme 155Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff 158Aaron Press Taylor 160Rabbi Avraham Weiss 162Stanley P. Gold 166Rabbi Goldie Milgram 168Ariel Beery 170Rabbi Stanley M. Davids 174Steven M. Cohen 176Rabbi Moshe Waldoks 180David M. Gordis 182Rabbi Robert B. Barr 184Richard Elliott Friedman 186Rosanne Miller Selfon 188Elliot Ratzman 191Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein 193Peter Edelman 195Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz 197Laurie L. Patton 199Dr. Robert Wexler 201Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro 202
PART VAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: THE WORDS OF THE FATHERS AND MOTHERS 205Emma Lazarus 207Richard James Horatio Gottheil 209Rabbi Kauffman Kohler 210Oscar Solomon Straus 211Louis D. Brandeis 212Felix Frankfurter 214Solomon Schechter 216Rabbi Milton Steinberg 217Judah Magnes 219Rabbi Felix Levy 220Edward Jacobson 221Abba Hillel Silver 222Rabbi Stephen S. Wise 224Rabbi David Polish 226Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn 228Bernard M. Baruch 230Emanuel Celler 231Albert Einstein 232Arthur Hertzberg 233Morris Abram 236Daniel J. Elazar 237Max M. Fisher 238Lillian Hellman 239Harpo Marx 239Abraham Joshua Heschel 240Joachim Prinz 243Marie Syrkin 244Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik 245Central Conference of American Rabbis 246
Glossary 252Suggestions for Further Reading and Sources of Current Information 255Index of Contributors 258Credits 261
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