Reclaiming Zionism

ByZOE JICK
September 1, 2011 22:32

American Jews often prefer to use the term 'pro-Israel' over 'Zionist,' but most do not realize that rejecting Zionism means rejecting Jewish nationalism.

Pro-Israel supporters.

zionists. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)

Two weeks ago, I started a new job as the New York Regional Director for the World Zionist Organization's Department of Diaspora Activities. Three weeks ago, I was terrified. As a liberal thinker, a secular Jew, and a waffling Israel-lover, my connection to Zionism is constantly in flux. The job description entails designing and leading Zionist education seminars for campuses in the New York area, and I was not sure that I could put my personal doubts about Israel aside in order to best educate students. Defending Israel is exhausting, and I’m not sure I’m up for the challenge.

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