Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism
Stories of Personal Transformation
Today Jews face a choice. We can be loyal to the ethical imperatives at the heart of Judaism--love the stranger, pursue justice, and repair the world. Or we can give our unconditional support to the state of Israel. It is a choice between Judaism as a religion and the nationalist ideology of Zionism, which is usurping that religion. In this powerful collection of personal narratives, thirty-nine Jews of diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence. Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism will be controversial. Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate. They want to demolish stereotypes of dissenting Jews as "self-hating," traitorous, and anti-Semitic. They want to introduce readers to the large and growing community of Jewish activists who have created organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow, and Open Hillel. They want to strengthen alliances with progressives of all faiths. Above all, they want to nurture models of Jewish identity that replace ethnic exclusiveness with solidarity, Zionism with a Judaism once again nourished by a transcendent ethical vision. An introduction and afterword by Carolyn L. Karcher set the narratives in historical context. Contributors include: Joel Beinin - Sami Shalom Chetrit - Ilise Benshushan Cohen - Marjorie Cohn - Rabbi and Cantor Michael Davis - Hasia R. Diner - Marjorie N. Feld - Chris Godshall - Ariel Gold - Noah Habeeb - Claris Harbon - Linda Hess - Rabbi Linda Holtzman - Yael Horowitz - Carolyn L. Karcher - Mira Klein - Sydney Levy - Ben Lorber - Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber - Carly Manes - Moriah Ella Mason - Seth Morrison - Eliza Rose Moss-Horwitz - Hilton Obenzinger - Henri Picciotto - Ned Rosch - Rabbi Brant Rosen - Alice Rothchild - Tali Ruskin - Cathy Lisa Schneider - Natalia Dubno Shevin - Ella Shohat - Emily Siegel - Rebecca Subar - Cecilie Surasky - Rebecca Vilkomerson - Rachel Winsberg - Rabbi Alissa Wise - Charlie Wood
Olive Branch Press, 9781623719142, 374pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2019