The wondrous “gathering of the exiles” that ultimately formed the State of Israel derived from the profound sense of belonging of diaspora Jews to the emergent “Zionist project” in Eretz Yisrael. From East to West, Jews made Aliya physically, while others gave generously of their wealth and made their voices heard in favor of the nascent nation. For its part, the State of Israel realized its historic calling: to serve as a home for the Jews dispersed among the nations. The Jews of the immense diaspora communities extended their hand in support and solidarity, and Israel extended its hand in partnership.
Unfortunately, the strong and solid bridges that had connected the diaspora to Israel have cracked in recent years. Israeli society has exhibited a growing indifference toward its diaspora brethren, a lack of awareness of the richness and vitality of Jewish life around the world, and a weakening perception of the Jewish Peoplehood upon which the State of Israel is founded. On this backdrop, the AM”I national alliance was established – to repair and rebuild the bridges that connect Israel to World Jewry.
To provide the Israeli audience with knowledge and a heightened awareness of the importance of World Jewry
To enhance the sense of belonging and connection between Israeli society and World Jewry
To expose the Israeli audience to the challenges facing diaspora Jews and actively involve them in these matters
We hope that building a national strategy around the consciousness of Peoplehood in Israeli society will lead to real change in the way in which Israelis think, feel, and act for the sake of our connectivity with diaspora Jews. This change may take time, but we believe that as the actions on the ground grow and gain momentum, the dialog will expand, and the emotional connection will deepen accordingly. With time, the effect will resonate at all levels of the Israeli reality.
We are excited about the mission at hand and the opportunity it gives us to connect and unite all of the diverse segments of our People. We invite you to join us in this vital work.