Tourist trap

When religion is identified with nation
The Jewish Agency for Israel reports that in 2000, 6,460 North American Jewish teenagers traveled to Israel on what Newsweek recently described as formative trips “to cement Americans’ connection to their religion.” This year, with the region torn by violence, that number dropped to 200. What does this mean to the Jewish religion? To some Jewish leaders it means that the “Israel experience,” which Newsweek calls “a central part of American Jews’ identity,” will not be available to the current generation of teenagers.


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