Since its founding in 1948, Israel has played an important role in the Jewish-American imagination. But the Jewish state has come to mean very different things to different segments of the American-Jewish community. Perhaps not surprisingly, many 20th-century Jewish-American writers steered clear of the topic, focusing instead on the Holocaust or on Jewish life in America. In the last five years, however, a new generation of Jewish-American writers has turned its attention to the relationships between American Jews and the State of Israel. Join Anthony Wexler as he answers these questions: What do these contemporary writers have to say about this fraught and complex connection? How do they imagine Israel’s influence on Jewish-American identity today?
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