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Aliya

Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel

Liel Leibovitz

St. Martin's Griffin

Aliya, the immigration of Jews into Israel, is a phenomenon that affects all American Jews. Understanding this phenomenon means understanding what is arguably the fundamental question of American Jewry; it is that question that Liel Leibovitz sets out to answer in Aliya.

Leibovitz focuses on the stories of three generations of immigrants. Marlin and Betty Levin, searching for excitement and ideology, traveled to Palestine before Israel was even created. There, with Marlin working as a reporter and Betty volunteering with the Jewish underground movement, the two witnessed the bloody birth of the Jewish state. Two decades later, Mike Ginsberg, overcome with awe at the heroic Jews who fought for their country in the l967 war, immigrated as well and was involved in much of Israel’s tumultuous history, including the Yom Kippur War. He was a member of Kibbutz Misgav Am during the famous terrorist attack on the infants’ nursery there and helped repel numerous waves of terrorist attacks on his kibbutz. Finally, Danny and Sharon Kalker and their children left their home in Queens, New York, to move to a West Bank settlement in 2001, during one of the most unsettled phases in Israel’s existence.

Leibovitz explores the journeys of these American-Jewish immigrants to Israel, a journey that lies at the very heart of what it means to be a Jew.

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Chapter One If there could be said to exist a certain look, a peculiar demeanor, which is ideal for journalists, then Marlin Levin chose the right vocation. Even as an octogenarian he is still a striking man, with a mane of white hair and a handshake whose firmness betrays nothing of the feebleness inflicted by the passing years. He is handsome, yet his looks belong to the nonthreatening variety, the kind possessed by generations of Hollywood supporting actors, pleasant enough to get people to open up and talk yet not overwhelming, the perfect equilibrium for someone dedicated to enticing
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"[Leibovitz] is an outstanding writer whose prose poignantly portrays his subjects."
---The Atlanta Jewish Times
 
"With a flair for storytelling, Leibovitz richly illustrates these [immigrants'] lives, deftly detailing their emotional journey from carefree Americans to proud Israelis . . . the book is a powerful reminder of the unique yearning that has defined and united Jews through a 2000-year exile." ---Publishers Weekly
 
". . . stirring . . . moving . . . Leibovitz is a fine writer and able to leap easily into the consciousness of another . . . his presence and passion are felt throughout the book."
---The Jerusalem Post
 
"With his portrait of three generations of olim, Liel Leibovitz has made this history affecting, informative, and indelible. To read this book is to read about a love affair---not perfect, easy love, but love tested by gritty reality, which is to say the only love that counts or that lasts." ---Samuel G. Freedman, author of Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Liel Leibovitz

  • Liel Leibovitz has made aliya in reverse: a ninth-generation Israeli, he emigrated to the United States. He became interested in the phenomenon as a child when, much to his astonishment, his American cousins (of whom he was intensely envious for their superior television and delectable treats) made aliya. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School and a veteran of the Israeli army, he is currently the culture editor of The Jewish Week, as well as a contributor to other publications. This is his first book. He lives in New York City with his wife, the author Lisa Ann Sandell, and their dog, Molly.
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