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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

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.”