Religious & Zionist

Religious Zionists believe that the Jewish return to Israel hastens the Messiah.

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Despite the challenges, religious Zionism is thriving today in Israel. Defined by far more than just political parties, the movement includes a wide range of institutions. Bnei Akiva, the religious Zionist youth movement, provides social and educational activities for school-age youths. Academies known as hesder yeshivot allow young religious men to combine military service with Torah study. Bar Ilan University, founded in 1955, enables its students to explore the Jewish tradition while simultaneously engaging in high-level secular studies. For religious Zionists involved in Israel's collective villages and farms, the Kibbutz Hadati movement runs includes communities throughout the country that provide for full religious observance within the socialist/agricultural kibbutz lifestyle.

These institutions and others ensure the continued vibrancy of the religious Zionist community in Israel today.

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Rachael Gelfman Schultz

Rachael Gelfman Schultz holds a B.A. in religion from Harvard University, and completed her M.A. in Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Jewish educator in Karmiel, Israel.