Israelis and Jews with Haviv Rettig Gur

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at 19:30

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NYC 12:30 | UK 17:30 | SA 18:30

There are two Jewish communities in the world today that number in the millions: Israelis and Americans. They were once siblings, then cousins. They're now, in genealogical terms, fifth cousins at best. And over the past century, they have diverged in profound ways: in their history, their religion, and their basic assumptions about identity and Jewishness. After the 20th century, nearly all the world's Jews speak either Hebrew or English. These languages represent the two places where Jews could survive the violence and tumult of that tragic century. So it matters that the two major Jewish civilizations to emerge from the destruction of the old European and Arab-world communities are increasingly unable to speak to each other or even understand each other. We will look deeper into the gaps, and try to tease from that analysis of the growing divide a possible path forward to a more unified Jewish future.

Haviv Rettig Gur is an Israeli journalist who serves as the political correspondent and senior analyst for The Times of Israel. Haviv was born in Jerusalem to American-born parents. He lived in the United States from 1989 to 1999, returning to Israel in 1999 to serve in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic. Upon completing military service, Gur studied History and Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


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