"The vital bond between American Jews and Israel comes from more than religious obligation or checkbook philanthropy. It is a deeply human story, lived out by those Americans who left the Golden Land to build and sustain and defend the Jewish state. With his portrait of three generations of olim, Liel Leibovitz has made this history affecting, informative, and indelible. To read this book is to read about a love affair-not perfect, easy love, but love tested by gritty reality, which is to say the only love that counts or that lasts."
-Samuel G. Freedman, author of Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry
Those American Jews who made aliya, while still few, are a prism into the largest, most influential Jewish community in modern times, the first Jewish state in two thousand years, and the tumultuous relationship between the two. Their experiences and decisions portray the evolution of both American Jews and Israel, a history rich with violence and healing, crisis and comfort, demise and rebirth.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.68(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.13(d)|
About the Author
Liel Leibovitz has made aliya in reverse: a ninth-generation Israeli, he emigrated to the United States. He became interested in the phenomenon as a child when, much to his astonishment, his American cousins (of whom he was intensely envious for their superior television and delectable treats) made aliya. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School and a veteran of the Israeli army, he is currently the culture editor of The Jewish Week, as well as a contributor to other publications. Aliya is his first book. He lives in New York City with his wife, the author Lisa Ann Sandell, and their dog, Molly.