This book addresses a lacuna in the study of Jewish and Israeli history - that of journeys taken by Jews in the 20th century towards Israel – which is also a neglected subject in the more general fields of migration and refugee studies. Dr. Gadi BenEzer, a psychologist and anthropologist, eloquently shows how such journeys are life changing events that affect individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ways. Based on narrative research of Jewish people who have undergone journeys on their way to Israel from around the world, the author is able to pose original questions and give initial convincing answers. The powerful personal accounts are followed by a thought-provoking analysis.
Gadi BenEzer(Ph.D), psychologist/anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar, has researched journeys of migrants, refugees, and backpackers. He has published monographs and many articles on Ethiopian immigrant-Jews including
The Ethiopian Jewish Exodus, (Routledge 2002), trauma and narrative, and cross-cultural psychotherapy.
Table of contents
Introduction: Researching Journeys in Migration and Refugee Studies
part 1: Journey Stories
Building Independence: The Journey of Elisha from Syria
From Loss to Belonging: The Journey of Yirmi from Poland
Setting Out to the Open Spaces: The Journey of Bracha from Yemen
Towards the Place Where the Future Will Begin: The Journey of Yair from Transnistria
A Generation Going on the Way: The Journey of Oscar from Iraq
From Auschwitz to “Flowers From Israel”: A Journey of Yigal from Germany
God Loves Me: The Journey of Rivka from the Ukraine
The Journey of the Jewish People: The Journey of Saul from Afghanistan
Going to “Paris”: The Journey Stories of Alyna and Alex
A Journey of Reclamied Honor: The Journey Story of Simon
The Partisan’s Journey: The Journey Story of Frieda
part 2: Migration and Refugee Journeys: the Case of Jewish Migrants/Refugees Journeying to Israel
The Journey as a Meaning Category
Children on Journeys
Identity During the Journey
The Encounter with Israel as a Part of the Journey
Maps of the Journeys Bibliography
All interested in migration and refugee journeys, the history/sociology of Israel and the Jewish People in the 20th century, narratives/life-stories, and the psychology of people on the move.