Building Jewish Roots: The Israel Experience by Faydra L. ShapiroBuilding Jewish Roots: The Israel Experience by Faydra L. Shapiro

Building Jewish Roots: The Israel Experience

byFaydra L. Shapiro

Hardcover | August 10, 2006

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Thousands of young North American Jews visit Israel every year on organized, educational, heritage tours. The Israel Experience Programs present religion, homeland, and nation to participants in compelling and sometimes unsettling ways. Supported by Jewish communal institutions, these programs are encouraged for their presumed value in combating assimilation and a loss of Jewish culture. Faydra Shapiro suggests that their real success may lie elsewhere. Building Jewish Roots offers an exploration of how participants build rich and varied Jewish identities through their experiences in Israel at the long-established Livnot U'Lehibanot program. Shapiro argues that Israel Experience Programs offer something vital to participants - the power to shape and choose their own Jewish identities. Vividly written, Building Jewish Roots is a critical resource for those interested in contemporary Jewry, religion in the modern world, ethnic studies, and ethnography.
Faydra L. Shapiro is associate professor, religion and culture, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Title:Building Jewish Roots: The Israel ExperienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:August 10, 2006Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773530657

ISBN - 13:9780773530652

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Editorial Reviews

"Faydra Shapiro's writing is smooth and unpretentious and her familiarity with the background literature and concepts is impressive. This is a very fine piece of work." Paul Bramadat, religious studies, University of Winnipeg