From New Zion to Old Zion: American Jewish Immigration and Settlement in Palestine, 1917-1939 (American Holy Land Series)
American aliyah (immigration to Palestine) began in the mid-nineteenth century fueled by the desire of American Jews to study Torah and by their wish to live and be buried in the Holy Land. This movement of people-men and women-increased between World War I and II, in direct contrast to European Jewry's desire to immigrate to the United States. Why would American Jews want to leave America, and what characterized their resettlement? From New Zion to Old Zion analyzes the migration of American Jews to Palestine between the two World Wars and explores the contribution of these settlers to the building of Palestine. Joseph B. Glass studies the motivational factors for emigration from the United States, the sources of information and available resources required for settlement, and the political barriers to migration.