November 9, 2006
The next wave: Zionism needs a new narrative
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Another challenge is to provide for continuous movement between Israel and a vibrant Diaspora. As Israelis seek and occasionally seize global intellectual, political, technological or business leadership, we will spend longer periods overseas in growing numbers. Hence, the top priority for Zionism should be to implement an Israeli education system that equips Jewish Israelis, particularly non-Orthodox ones, with tools to be part of Jewish communities overseas. Jewish organizations and communities in the Diaspora should work harder to bring them in. At the same time, an equally important challenge is to allow for Diaspora Jews to spend significant parts of their lives in Israel going to school, working or doing business. In other words, Zionism needs to prioritize favorable legislation and a more effective and forthcoming bureaucracy. These are just examples. The basic need is a global Jewish conversation that reprioritizes values. Nearing its 150th anniversary, Zionism needs a new narrative. As professor Dror puts it: "A 21st century Yavne Process is in need."
Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of the Re'ut Institute, a Zionist policy group based in Tel Aviv. Grinstein is a member of Kol-Dor, a group working to explore global Jewish community.
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