Category Archives: Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity

Ameinu is launching a new feature on the Ameinu Blog – Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity. This section will feature firsthand accounts from American and Israeli progressive Jews, with a special focus on next generation leaders, exploring the relationship between their progressive values and the centrality of Israel in their lives. This blog will champion the voices and experiences of those who hold tight to both their Zionist principles and their progressive vision. Read about how they work for a better Israel and a just solution for the rights of Palestinians. We invite you to join in the conversation and share your stories as well, either in the comments section or by emailing office@ameinu.net.

Dear Mr. Herzl, Do I Count?

A woman who lives in my apartment building gave me a round, gold pendant, which has a Chai (literally “life” in Hebrew) overlaid on a Star of David. It is quite beautiful. But in small letters underneath the star, it …

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In Israel There is Always a Glimmer of Light

I made Aliyah just over two years ago. I came for so many reasons it’s hard to explain in words. I think an anecdote might help it become clear how I hold my progressive and Zionist values together in this …

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I’m Young. I’m Liberal. And Yes, I’m Zionist.

  Reproduced from here by permission of the Forward. A few months ago, as I was chatting with a new friend, I found myself divulging my political ideological makeup. Inevitably, Arab-Israeli standpoints entered into the fray, and she asked me what my …

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Why I’m Afraid of Birthright

When I go on my Taglit Birthright trip in August, I won’t be like most of the other students on my trip. Most of them have not been engaged with Israel in the same way I have. I haven’t been …

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The Devil’s Advocate: After Divestment

The ASUC Senate’s deeply misguided vote to divest UC funds from companies affiliated with the Israeli military is, in one sense, utterly irrelevant. Despite its best efforts, the coterie of far-left activists that dominates student politics rarely influences university policy — …

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Room for All Voices in the Zionist Tent

by Zoe Jick, special to Israel Campus Beat For the past two years, I have been lucky to work with a variety of college Hillels, student groups and individuals whose voices comprise the vibrant discussion about Israel that is happening …

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Kibbutz Galuyot: I’d Rather Have Kibbutz Mish’ol

Discussions around the Friday night dinner table are a Jewish institution. The raison d’être of Shabbat is indeed to pause between the previous week and the next, to reflect and search for meaning in our busy lives. It’s the quintessential …

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Rebuilding Israel’s Utopia

For nearly a century, the Israeli kibbutz represented one of the most celebrated success stories of the twentieth-century socialist left. In this federated network of democratic, self-governing communities, the absence of private property, the negation of the wage system, and …

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The Flawed Strategy of “Don’t Hate, Celebrate”

The frame of debate about Israel and Palestine has recently shifted on US campuses. After the publication of “Peace Not Apartheid,” President Jimmy Carter has spoken at three universities. Professors Walt and Meirsheimer’s paper about the power of the “Israel …

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Why Jewish High School Students Don’t Learn About Israel

The single greatest threat to the State of Israel could very well be American Jews, but not who you might think: Left unarmed with no notion of Israel as a real state–a country with income inequalities, sexism and racism, civil …

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