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Far from Zion In Search of a Global Jewish Community

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ISBN-10: 0061561088

ISBN-13: 9780061561085

Edition: N/A

Authors: Charles London

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Raised in a nonreligious Jewish family, Charles London knew his heritage but had no strong desire to experience it personally. Then in the summer of 2004, while doing relief work in Bosnia, he stumbled upon a remarkable community-where Jews worked alongside Muslims and Christians to rebuild a city ravaged by war. This encounter gave him the idea for a journey that would take him around the world and back to his roots.Far from Zion is the story of Jews in far-flung, often surprising places. Despite efforts by Israel to bring these scattered people home to Zion, they have chosen to remain in the lands of their birth: a shopkeeper selling Jewish trinkets in Iran, a caretaker keeping watch over an all-but-forgotten synagogue in Rangoon, revelers at a Hanukkah celebration in an Arkansas bowling alley, a Cuban engineering professor, proud of his Jewish heritage and prouder still of his Communist ideals. It is through their stories and many others that London examines his own identity, as he, too, struggles to come to terms with his connection to Zion.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

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Belonging
Caretakers: The Jewish Community of Burma
Newcomers: The Jewish Community of Bentonville, Arkansas
Rebirth: The Jewish Community of New Orleans
Siege and Survival: The Jewish Community of Bosnia
Converts: The Jewish Community of Uganda
Imperiled?: The Jewish Community of Iran
Revolutionaries: The Jewish Community of Cuba
Zion
Epilogue: Home
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