American Israelis

Migration, Transnationalism, and Diasporic Identity 

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This book is a scientific and comprehensive analysis of Israelis who live in the United States. Using different complementary sources of data, and through cutting-edge approaches in the social sciences, this volume examines the settlement patterns of the Israeli immigrants, their social profile, their economic achievements, their Americanization processes, as well as the nature and rhythm of their Jewish identification including changes in attachment to the homeland. The characteristics of the immigrants shed light on Israeli society. At the same time they also have important implications for the Jewish community in the host country and on Jewish continuity in America.

"...Rebhun and Lev Ari do what the title outlines. They offer nuanced and in-depth insights into transnationalism, identity and diaspora of American Jewish Israelis. Based on their theoretical and methodological expertise, the book can be recommended to scholars of these areas, regardless of its focus on Israel. For experts, American Israelis is a gem: it offers so much in terms of data and analysis that it makes for many questions, which should be addressed in further research, qualitative and quantitative alike."
Dani Kranz, Erfurt University

"This book is central to Israeli Studies as it has comprehensive and current data on Israelis in America."
Yoram Bitton, Columbia University

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Biographical Note

Uzi Rebhun, Ph.D. (1997) in Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University. He has published extensively on Jewish migration, Jewish identification and the Jewish family including Migration, Community and Identification: Jews in Late 20th Century America (Magnes, 2001 in Hebrew).
Lilach Lev Ari, Ph.D. (2002) in Social Sciences from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is Senior Lecturer and Head, Sociology Department, Oranim Academic College of Education; and Head of Research and Evaluation Authority at Oranim. She is also a Lecturer in Contemporary Jewry department and a Research Fellow at the Rappaport Center, Bar Ilan University. Her book The American Dream – For Men Only? Gender, Immigration and the Assimilation of Israelis in the United States was published in 2008 by LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.

Review Quotes

“[the] 153 pages of their analysis are a tour de force that depicts the identities of American (Jewish) Israelis in its various nuances, pays attention to sub-groups, trends and dynamics, and it allows for recommendations to Israeli public policy. This marvelous endeavour is substantially helped by the native familiarity of both authors with Israel, their knowledge of the US, and their expertise in quantitative methods. These intersecting levels of knowledge allow them to pursue their aim to analyse changes and continuities of the Israeli Diaspora in the US, and compare these developments with societal and social developments in Israel itself…For experts, American Israelis is a gem: it offers so much in terms of data and analysis that it makes for many questions, which should be addressed in further research, qualitative and quantitative alike.” – Dani Kraz, Erfurt University, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2 (1), 2012, 89-98 pp.

Table of contents

CONTENTS
Chapter 1. Migration, Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Research on Israelis in the United States
Chapter 2. Migration and Settlement in the United States
Chapter 3. Socioeconomic Acculturation and Mobility
Chapter 4. Jewish Identification and Attachment to Homeland
Chapter 5. Discussion: The Multifaceted Israeli Diaspora

Readership

Scholars and students interested in Israel, Jewish studies, Diasporism, international migration.

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