David Breakstone

David Breakstone

Dr. David Breakstone is Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and founding director of its Herzl Museum and Educational Center as well as a member of the The Jewish Agency executive. An educator by training, he has also served as director of Hebrew University@@@s Pedagogic Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, as associate dean and director of education at The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, and as director of Ramah Programs in Israel.

He has published numerous articles, books, and pedagogic materials on Jewish education, the teaching of Israel, Israel-Diaspora relations, Zionism, and Conservative Judaism – all topics on which he lectures extensively. His recent contributions to these fields include A Journey with Herzl; Fulfilling the Dream: Celebrating 60 Years of Israel@@@s Challenges and Achievements; From Altneuland to Tel Aviv: Of Dreams and Deeds; and Herzl Up Close and Personal – In Pursuit of the Zionist Vision. His regular column in the Friday magazine of The Jerusalem Post, “Keep dreaming,” deals primarily with contemporary issues in Israeli society, particularly as they relate to the life of the Jewish community worldwide. A collection of his articles appears on his blog at keepdreaminginzion.wordpress.com.

Dr. Breakstone earned his doctorate at Hebrew University in the Institute of Contemporary Jewry, specializing in the teaching of Israel. He made aliya from the United States in 1974, and performed his army service in the Education Corps of the Israel Defense Forces. He lives in Jerusalem.
AN ENTHUSIASTIC welcome for new immigrants from France with T-shirts bearing the hashtag (in Hebrew)

You deserve to know


It’s Greek to me


Uganda and the Jewish question


Family matters: Wings to fly and reasons to stay

Passover seder

The morning after the elections at Ulpan Etzion

MAGDA DOROSZ (kneeling, first on left) with students celebrating their Judaism with Warsaw Hillel

Tinder and the Jewish question

HANNAH CRADLES the necklace that led to the discovery of her Jewish roots. (Photos: Courtesy)

Would the real Jewish people please stand up?


Those we’ve left behind…

A YOUNG immigrant from Ethiopia waits upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion in 2012

Israel must not forsake Ethiopian Jews

American Jews partcipate in the annual Israel Day Parade in New York.

Keep Dreaming: Not my brother’s keeper. Really?

YOUTH BUILD a Succa in Jerusalem.

KEEP DREAMING: Out of the closet, into the sukkah

Six Day War

We're on the edge of a precipice here

DRUZE RALLY with other Israelis in protest of the Jewish Nation- State Law, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Squa

We’re on the edge of a precipice here

The Rabbinical Court of Tel Aviv

It happened to my family. It can happen to yours.

Israelis watching the IAF Independence Day show on the Tel Aviv beach

In celebration of purposeful living

African migrants take part in a protest against Israel's detention policy toward them

Keep Dreaming: ‘Cursed be he who distorts the justice due a stranger’


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