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A Jewish Life on Three ContinentsThe Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783637

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783637.001.0001

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The Work of Americans in the Land of Israel and My Role in It

The Work of Americans in the Land of Israel and My Role in It

(p.303) The Work of Americans in the Land of Israel and My Role in It
A Jewish Life on Three Continents

Lee Shai Weissbach

Stanford University Press

This chapter begins with a lengthy discussion of the various ways Jews in the Diaspora, and especially American Jews, were involved in the support of Jews in the Land of Israel, both those who were there for traditional religious reasons and those who came motivated by Zionism. Among other things, Frieden’s account of assistance efforts in Palestine leads him to reflect on the connection that Jews in the Diaspora had with the Land of Israel. Frieden’s account of the work of Americans in Israel forms the background for the story of his own involvement in those efforts. After all, during most of his working life in Palestine, Frieden was employed by the Loan Bank, an agency of the Palestine Economic Corporation, which was perhaps the single most important American initiative on behalf of the economic progress of the Zionist enterprise.

Keywords:   charity, Diaspora-Holy Land relations, Joint Distribution Committee, Palestine Economic Corporation, Loan Bank, Yishuv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv

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