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The Israel-Diaspora Divide: We Don’t Know Enough About Each Other

Hosted By: American Jewish Committee (AJC)

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In June, AJC released its annual survey of American Jewish opinion along with a companion survey capturing the views of Israeli Jews. The two surveys shed light on the perspectives of American and Israeli Jews on a range of important topics, including the relationship between the Jewish state and the Diaspora. What is the current state of Israel-Diaspora relations? How much do the communities know about one another? How is each community educating about the other?

Join Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, AJC’s Director of Contemporary Jewish Life, Alon Friedman, Founding CEO of Enter: The Jewish Peoplehood Alliance, and Dr. Noam Weissman, Senior Vice President at OpenDor Media to unpack the findings of the AJC surveys and to answer these critical questions and more.

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Laura Shaw Frank

Dr. Laura Shaw Frank serves as AJC’s Director of Contemporary Jewish Life. She holds a PhD in Jewish history from the University of Maryland, College Park and undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University. Previously, Laura held educational and administrative roles at Yeshivat Maharat and SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. In addition to her secondary school and post-graduate teaching, Laura has lectured widely across the country at conferences, synagogues, university Hillels, and adult education institutes. She has published articles on subjects including Israel education, Jewish marriage and divorce in America, modern Orthodoxy, and Orthodox women’s leadership. A passionate proponent of deep and nuanced Jewish education, Laura has worked extensively on national and international Jewish history and Israel education initiatives. Prior to beginning her work in the Jewish community, Laura was a corporate litigator at the firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP.
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American Jewish Committee (AJC)

American Jewish Committee (AJC) is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and other world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to impact opinion and policy on the issues that matter most: combating rising antisemitism and extremism, defending Israel’s place in the world, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people.
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