Annual Assessments

2019 Annual Assessment

Global Trends and Policy Recommendations
Integrated Anti-Semitism Index: Europe and the US
Special Chapters: Jewish Creativity and Cultural Outputs

PROJECT HEAD

Shmuel Rosner

Contributors

Avinoam Bar-Yosef, Dan Feferman, Shlomo Fischer Avi Gil, Inbal Hakman, Michael Herzog, Dov Maimon, Gitit Paz-Levi, Steven Popper, Uzi Rebhun, John Ruskay, Noah Slepkov, Adar Schiber, Rami Tal, Shalom Salomon Wald

EDITOR

Barry Geltman

2019 Annual Assessment

A vast array of data was published this year in a new book based on JPPI’s #IsraeliJudaism project. This data shows that Israel’s Jews reinterpret Judaism by mixing tradition and national identity. JPPI’s work was conducted by its senior fellow, Shmuel Rosner, and Tel Aviv University professor, Camil Fuchs. Some of the book’s main findings are summarized in this paper (the full book is now available in English on Amazon.com).

The book begins by stating that Zionism was envisioned to answer three main challenges posed to the Jewish people in the modern world. “Since in the modern world nations exist in civil states – we will build for the Jews a civil state; since in the modern world religion no longer serves as a strong glue for Jews – we will gather them to a place in which their Judaism no longer depends on strict observance of halacha; since the modern world makes it easy for Jews to assimilate and disappear – we will offer a social framework in which there is not much opportunity for assimilation.”

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