Israel’s Story & Zionism

Israel’s story is about an indigenous people overcoming 1,900 years of oppression to regain their freedom in their ancestral home.

It is a story of justice, resilience, and hope. A story which continues to this day, as Israelis face many challenges and conflicts but still find ways to make the world a better place.

Countless people of all backgrounds are inspired by Israel every day. The resources below can help you find your own unique connection and share Israel’s story with your community.

For most Jews around the world, Zionism and Israel form an integral part of Jewish identity. 

Israel is the birthplace of Jewish ethnic identity, language, culture, and religion, and Jews have maintained a constant presence there for over 3,000 years. Zionism represents the Jewish people’s unbreakable bond and age-old desire to be free in their ancestral home. On a political level, Zionism is a liberation movement supporting Jewish self-determination in the land of Israel. Jews endured over 1,900 years of oppression and violence across Europe and the Middle East and still live in a world plagued by antisemitism. In this context, Israel’s existence and wellbeing is vital to the Jewish people’s safety, survival, and human rights. Here in the U.S., numerous polls show that for the overwhelming majority of Jews, their connection to Israel is central to their Jewish identity.