Bennett Warns of Collapse of Jewish Diaspora Communities

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Israeli Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told the AJC annual conference in Jerusalem that "If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation."

"If there’s one thing that keeps me up at night," Bennett told the audience according to Haaretz, "it’s not Iran but the future of the Jews in America, and we have to fix this together."

Bennett said that his goal is "saving the Jews" and "If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation."

He expressed concern about "the three or four million American Jews who have no idea what we’re talking about and don’t care about Israel because they’re drifting away."

He also addressed a recent AJC poll that showed major gaps between Israeli and American Jews on a host of issues.

What the poll reflects is that Israelis are going more rightward and favoring more traditional Judaism, as opposed to secularism, whereas American Jewry are more to the left and more liberal. I’m not going to whitewash that, but it shouldn’t be the reason for us to fall apart. So we don’t agree on everything, but we are all Jews, for heaven’s sake. We’re all one family.

Bennett added that he favored Israeli action on behalf of diaspora communities, because "for Israel’s future and its strategic standing across the world, we need a strong Jewish Diaspora."

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