It Takes a Generation: Absorption from the Israeli Perspective

By Arnon Mantver

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

During the 1990s, Israel was flooded with large waves of immigration. The dominant groups were immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Ethiopia. From a sociological standpoint, the events of this period enable a unique look at the absorption process, the concept of "absorption" and the goal of integration into a new society altogether. From a global Jewish communal standpoint, these same events are a prime example of the importance of an active Israel-Diaspora partnership. The challenges posed by these large immigration waves continue even today. Although Israeli society has benefited in many ways from the massive immigration influx - some even claim that it essentially saved the state - Israel is still dealing with central issues and problems they generated. The New York Jewish community through UJA-Federation of New York under the leadership of John Ruskay has been central to these processes throughout, both at the time of the influx and in responding to the arising challenges. This commitment shows itself in their partnership at all levels: from planning and strategizing, to supporting the launch of innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Jewish Federations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Young Adults, Soviet Jewry, Immigration, Acculturation, Public Policy, Partnerships, Integration

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 97-103

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Mantver, Arnon. It Takes a Generation: Absorption from the Israeli Perspective. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 97-103.


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