Zionism in South Africa: An Historical Perspective

By Gideon Shimoni

World Zionist Organization (WZO), Spring 1980

In the comparative perspective of Diaspora Jewish communities, especially in English-speaking countries, the distinctive, perhaps even unique, attributes of South African Zionism lie in its hegemony in Jewish communal life and its centrality for Jewish identity. Indeed, Herzl's famous exhortation that Zionism "conquer the communities" was fulfilled in the South African case to a truly remarkable degree. There can be no doubt that judged by almost any criterion - membership, fundraising capacity, press resources, political vitality, or youth affiliates - the Zionist Organization has always been the pre-eminent institution in the life of the community.

Topic: History, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jewish Identification, Statehood, Israel Attachment, Jewish Organizations, Zionism, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel

Volume/Issue: 37

Page Number(s): 71-92

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Genre: Article

Coverage: South Africa

Language: English

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Shimoni, Gideon. Zionism in South Africa: An Historical Perspective. Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel. World Zionist Organization (WZO). Spring 1980: 71-92. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14067


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