Press-release: Herzl’s birthday celebrated

For immediate release; May 8, 2023, Jerusalem

A special Judaism 3.0 event was held at the Begin Center to celebrate Herzl Day and inaugurate the Judaism 3.0 Think Tank. Speakers included Kosovo’s envoy to Israel, Ines Demiri; Judaism 3.0 author, Gol Kalev, and Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief, Avi Mayer
Noa Amouyal (left), Gol Kalev (center), Avi Mayer (right)

Hundreds of people, in-person at the Begin Center and around the world on Zoom, took part in a monumental evening, connecting Herzl’s vision with today’s reality: The shifting role of journalism, antisemitism, and the state of Zionism.

The evening’s host Noa Amouyal framed the program by saying that “Gol [Kalev] has revolutionized the field of Herzl research. He turned it from something of a study that was antiquated and old, to something that is modern, exciting, and maybe even a little bit sexy.”

Watch Gol Kalev’s speech about how relevant Herzl is today:

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Gol Kalev, Herzl researcher and author of Judaism 3.0: Judaism’s Transformation to Zionism

Ines Demiri, Kosovo’s envoy to Israel
Avi Mayer. Editor-in-Chief, The Jerusalem Post
The event was covered by the press, including media from the United States, Israel and Germany
Book signing prior to the event (photo: Sharon Marks Altshul/ Real Jerusalem Streets)

From left to right: Noa Amouyal, Gol Kalev, Ines Demiri, Avi Mayer

Photos: Hanna Taieb (unless noted)

#1 Amazon Best-Seller in its category for New Releases, the book was chosen by the Jerusalem Report as the cover of its 2022 New Year Magazine even before published. In October 2022 the Jerusalem Post issued a Special Magazine about the book’s message

Leading thinkers offer their view on Judaism 3.0’s thesis – Is Zionism becoming the anchor of Judaism?

Gol Kalev picks up where Herzl left off”

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem

Talking about Judaism 3.0:

Amb Michael Oren, historian, former Israeli Ambassador to United States
Yaakov Hagoel, Chairman – World Zionist Organization

This event was a joint production:

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center

Judaism 3.0 Think Tank

Press-release of previous Judaism 3.0 events:

From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – Zionism’s religious revival

Zionism and the Nationalism-Universalism debate:

Prof. Gil Troy and Gol Kalev debate Judaism 3.0

Amb Michael Oren and Gol Kalev discuss impact of Judaism 3.0

Watch Gol Kalev discuss Judaism 3.0 in an i24 interview with Emily Frances:

A revolutionary approach to countering Israel-bashing unveiled at the Judaism 3.0 book launch:

Watch video-clips, read a recap of the book launch party

Watch Gol Kalev’s address the Jerusalem Leaders Summit: “Anti Zionism is a threat to humanity”:

The January 2023 Begin Center Judaism 3.0 event with Judaism 3.0 author Gol Kalev, CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, and former Labor MK Dr. Einat Wilf

Judaism 3.0 by Gol Kalev

Mazo Publishers

In this landmark book, Gol Kalev demonstrates how Zionism has turned into the organizing principle of Judaism. It has become the primary conduit through which both Jews and non-Jews relate to Judaism – in both the positive and negative.

Through an in-depth analysis of long-term shifts in Israel and in North American Jewry, as well as assessment of global trends that impact Judaism, Kalev shows that the anchor of the Jewish nation-religion has shifted from its religious aspect (Judaism 2.0) to its national aspect (Judaism 3.0). 

Tying Theodor Herzl’s original vision of Zionism to today’s realities, Kalev shows that  Judaism 3.0 is not only the most accurate reflection of the contemporary state of Judaism, but also the relevant framework to address emerging threats to Judaism.  First and foremost, the existential threat of Israel-bashing, which has replaced anti-Semitism as the primary currency of age-old opposition to Judaism.

Gol Kalev does not just know Theodor Herzl – he lives and breathes Theodor Herzl…This book should trigger the conversation the Jewish community needs about Israel, Zionism, Judaism and Identity. Bravo!”

Professor Gil Troy, author – The Zionist Ideas

ייA remarkable ideas book that is about much more than the state of Judaism…One of the most important books about Judaism, Zionism and global trends of our times.”

Catherine Carlton, former Mayor of Menlo Park, Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur

“This book should play an important role in the discussions about the future of world Jewry and its relations with Israel.”

Natan Sharansky,  former Chairman of The Jewish Agency, former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel

Gol Kalev’s book has the merit to transform the very essence of the State of Israel to becoming an objective expression of Jewish identity

Dr. Georges Yitzhak Weisz, author – Theodor Herzl: A New Reading

“This book has sparked as much conversation as it has because the premise is so interesting, so counter-intuitive and demand of us that we think many thing anew. That is perhaps the greatest gift a book can give.”

Dr. Daniel Gordis, author – We Stand Divided

“Fresh new thinking about the relationship between Judaism and Israel. Kalev picks up where Herzl left off…A must read for people of all religious and political backgrounds who want to get a deeper understanding of the state of Zionism and Judaism today.”

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem

“A courageous thesis that must be part of any serious discussion of the future of Israel and the Jewish people.”

Michael Oren, historian, former ambassador of Israel to the United States

About the Author: Gol Kalev is a former Wall Street investment banker who has been researching Herzl and Zionism. Growing up in Tel Aviv and serving in the Israeli army, he then lived in New York and now resides in Jerusalem. He also spent time in various European cities and has traveled through both the American and European countryside, learning about contrasting world-views. 

He is chairman of The AIFL Think Tank, which explores Zionism and Judaism, and has been writing analysis articles about Zionism, Europe, and global affairs for the Jerusalem Post,  Jerusalem Report, Israel Hayom, The Daily Wire, The Media Line, Newsweek and Foreign Policy.  

He has been praised for his unique understanding of Judaism by people throughout the political and religious spectrum. In this book, he delivers the state of Judaism as he sees it: Zionism as the anchor of Judaism.

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