Mature Zionism: Education and the Scholarly Study of Israel

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A new approach to Israel education has emerged to counteract what has been a tendency to romanticize Israel by avoiding criticism; it presumes that Israel engagement has much to offer a meaningful Jewish identity, but only when encountered critically, taking into account Israel’s many complexities. However, prevailing scholarly trends may not provide a clear stance on which to base critique and academic criticism may raise hard questions about the very idea of a Jewish and democratic state. This article addresses these concerns by offering a conceptual framework for scholarly study of Israel called “Mature Zionism” in which to ground a critical engagement with Israel that is genuinely educational.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-161
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Jewish Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies


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