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American prophet?

Abba Hillel Silver was a complex and at times controversial leader who proposed an equality in status between American and Israeli Jewry.

Abba Hillel Silver
Photo by: Jerusalem Post archives
In late 1952, US-Jewish leader Abba Hillel Silver came up with a unique solution to what American Zionists should be doing in the wake of the foundation of a Jewish state.

He “posited a dialogue between Diaspora Jewry and a sovereign Jewish center in Israel as a the ultimate expression of pan-Zionist Jewish solidarity.”



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