Leaving Zion


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Cambridge University Press
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6.5 X 9.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Ori Yehudai is currently the Saul and Sonia Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University where his research focuses on modern Jewish and Israeli history. Raised in Kibbutz Shamir in Northern Israel, he earned his B.A. from Tel Aviv University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has held positions at New York University, McGill University, Montrรฉal, and the University of Toronto.


'The story of Israel is not only one of immigration but also one of emigration. Surprisingly, this part of the story has not been told until this compelling book. Based on many unknown documents, Yehudai provides a balanced view of Israel's migration history, which has always been a migration in two directions.' Michael Brenner, American University
'This outstanding study shines light on an uncomfortable topic in the early history of the State of Israel, Jewish emigration. Based on extensive research, Yehudai carefully assesses the motivations of individual migrants and the reactions of the State of Israel, Jewish aid associations and European governments.' Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University
'Blending official sources and 'history from below' Ori Yehudai skilfully depicts Jewish departure from Palestine and Israel as a significant phenomenon in the formative years of Zionist nation-building and the post-war reconstruction of the Jewish world. His book is an indispensable contribution for understanding Jewish history in the second half of the 20th century.' Aviva Halamish, Open University of Israel
'This deeply researched work bears little resemblance to the narrative of deprecation and condemnation which permeates Jewish communal narratives. Rather Leaving Zion makes this emigration utterly normal as the author submits this phenomenon to the kind of analysis which scholars utilize as they explore all such shifts in population, regardless of the imagined sanctity of the place of origin.' Hasia R. Diner, New York University