Israel Conversations: Zionism Then and Now

At Israel Conversations last Shabbat, Rabbi Howard Bogot lead the discussion, “Zionism Then and Now.”  The group discussed many different definitions of Zionism and found the following statements most resonated with their own feelings.  Have a look and then comment or share your own statement about Zionism.

Zionism is the embodiment of a unique pioneering spirit, of the dignity of labor, and of enduring human values.

Zionism is creating a society, however imperfect it may still be, which tries to implement the highest ideals of democracy–political social and cultural–for all the inhabitants of Israel, irrespective of religious belief, race or sex.

Zionism for moderns reflects the redemptive role of God (defined as entity or process) in the life of the Jewish people.

Zionism for moderns is an assertive commitment to Jewish survival.

Zionism for moderns identifies the fact that the State of Israel can and should advertise and model the Jewish people’s unique essence; social, intellectual, cultural, historical and religious.