The 2014 Puget Sound Jewish Community Profile revealed that Israel is a “source of division” within our community. This finding is consistent with a national trend showing that a significant fraction of American Jews disagree profoundly with the State of Israel along moral, political and religious lines.
In addition to creating a Diaspora-Israel gap, these differences have resulted in local divisiveness and an inability to debate contradictory viewpoints. We also notice a corrosive silence among adults and indifference toward the State of Israel among youth.
Attempts to address this problem at the national level (Jewish People Policy Institute, Jewish Council on Public Affairs) have not been successful.
For these reasons, the Project for Applied Peoplehood and Jewish Unity (APJU) was initiated.