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.

Seth Rogen and digesting the pickle of Israel education

AMSALU AYENEW at the HaTikvah Synagogue in Gondar where he served as a hazzan before his aliyah.

Ensuring the future of the Jewish collective


Annexation: Asserting the promise of a greater Israel – opinion

HALF A ton of matzah was flown from Israel to Ethiopia in time for Passover, distributed along with

COVID-19 and the Jewish question

A sign stands at the edge of the campus of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S., Novembe

The more things change, the more they remain the same for Jewish students

A young couple who were among the 72 immigrants from Ethiopia whom Israel welcomed last month in the

An exodus in progress

The Kochavi family, under quarantine until Thursday, goes to vote at a coronavirus voting booth

Love in the time of corona

ETHIOPIAN CHILDREN attend Jewish studies class while awaiting immigration to Israel, in Gondar.

Would you let these people move to Israel?


Keep Dreaming: The view from the balcony

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?


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