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Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity among Israeli Jews

Published נוב 29, 2016
Dr. Shlomo Fischer

This chapter analyses Jewish collective identity in Israel. It bases itself upon the data of the Pew Israel Survey concerting identity and religious, political and social attitudes of Israelis. It shows that the Israeli Jewish population contains two very different conceptions and patterns of Jewish identity - that of the "secular" population (Hilonim) and that of everyone else – Ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Religious Zionist and Traditionalist and that the Israeli Jewish population is divided up equally among these two population groups. It argues that the Hiloni population experienced the change in Jewish collective identity that mainstream secular Zionism proposed while the other groups did not and even resisted this change. It also shows, furthermore, how the Hiloni conception is very different in its basic assumptions concerning Jewish identity from the conception prevalent among the organized Jewish community in America.


To read the full chapter- After the Zionist Revolution: Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity among Israeli Jews