Demonstrates how American Jews used cultureaart, dance, music, fashion, literatureato win the hearts and minds of postwar Americans to the cause of Israel. Bringing Zion Home examines the role of culture in the establishment of the aspecial relationshipa between the United States and Israel in the immediate postwar decades. Many American Jews first encountered Israel through their roles as tastemakers, consumers, and cultural impresariosathat is, by writing and reading about Israel; dancing Israeli folk dances; promoting and purchasing Israeli goods; and presenting Israeli art and music. It was precisely by means of these cultural practices, argues Emily Alice Katz, that American Jews insisted on Israelas anaturala place in American culture, a phenomenon that continues to shape Americaas relationship with Israel today. Katz shows that American Jewsa promotion and consumption of Israel in the cultural realm was bound up with multiple agendas, including the quest for Jewish authenticity in a postimmigrant milieu and the desire of upwardly mobile Jews to polish their status in American society. And, crucially, as influential cultural and political elites positioned aculturea as both an engine of American dominance and as a purveyor of peace in the Cold War, many of Israelas American Jewish impresarios proclaimed publicly that cultural patronage of and exchange with Israel advanced Americaas interests in the Middle East and helped spread the aAmerican waya in the postwar world. Bringing Zion Home is the first book to shine a light squarely upon the role and importance of Israel in the arts, popular culture, and material culture of postwar America.One dress featured in the 1949 fashion show, for example, was decorated with handmade Yemenite embroidery ... the 1949 script touted the coata#39;s similaraity to the caftans of Bukharian rabbis while noting its afashionable shoulder line.
|Title||:||Bringing Zion Home|
|Author||:||Emily Alice Katz|
|Publisher||:||SUNY Press - 2015-01-08|