Contemporary Jewish Identity: Social, Cultural, and Political Aspects

Years of Activity: 2002

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Israel is still very far from realizing its national goals and from consolidating its identity as a Jewish-democratic nation-state. The retreat from nationhood as an ideology that shapes internal and foreign policy and the decline of national feeling as a unifying force in the nation for which the state came into being threaten Israel’s continued development, perhaps even its very existence. This project aimed to make nationhood a priority for Israel’s political, social, and cultural elites; present the background to the problem; clarify the relevant concepts; and primarily, raise the controversial questions for renewed discussion, while emphasizing their importance from a national perspective.
A conference of scholars and philosophers was held to reexamine, from the perspectives of various disciplines, the question of contemporary national identity. The findings of the project’s studies were compiled in the book Nation from a Nation: Studies on the Question of Jewish Identity, Nation, and Nationhood, edited by Naftali Rothenberg and Eliezer Schweid (the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute).