Diaspora Jew


Diaspora Jew (dye-AS-puh-ruh JOO) listen


  • n. A Jew living in the Jewish Diaspora, as opposed to one living within the State of Israel.

  • n. A Jew who chooses to remain in the Jewish Diaspora or to distance themself from the State of Israel for reasons of politics, ethics, morals, and/or religion.

  • n. A term used by Zionist Jews to disparage Jews who choose to live in the Diaspora and not make aliyah.

Example Sentences

  • "On July 21, 2020, Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, Senior Program Officer at The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, delivered a shiur [lecture] titled 'The Lion, the Pit and the Wardrobe: Daniel, Joseph, Esther and the Struggles of Being a Diaspora Jew' over Facebook Live and YouTube Live, which has since been viewed by over 400 people." (source)

  • "The progressive Diaspora Jew’s involvement in issues regarding Israel only began after she attended events held by left-leaning groups such as J Street and IfNotNow on her college campus." (source)

  • "As Max Nordau infamously put it in his speech at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, the Diaspora Jew 'has become a cripple within, and a counterfeit person without, so that like everything unreal, he is ridiculous and hateful to all men of high standards'." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • Diaspora + Jew

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
      • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None

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