Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel

  • Shai Feraro
  • James R. Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jew Age Spirituality

  3. New Age Culture in Israel

  4. Some Popular Currents in the Israeli ‘Scene’

  5. On the Fringes

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-249

About this book


 This volume is the first English-language anthology to engage with the fascinating phenomena of recent surges in New Age and alternative spiritualties in Israel.  Contributors investigate how these New Age religions and other spiritualties—produced in Western countries within predominantly Protestant or secular cultures–transform and adapt themselves in Israel. The volume focuses on a variety of groups and movements, such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy, Neopaganism, Channeling, Women’s Yoga, the New Age festival scene, and even Pentecostal churches among African labor migrants living in Tel Aviv. Chapters also explore more Jewish-oriented practices such as Neo-Kabballah, Neo-Hassidism, and alternative marriage ceremonies, as well as the use of spiritual care providers in Israeli hospitals. In addition, contributors take a close look at the state’s reaction to the recent activities and growth of new religious movements.   


New Religious Movements Alternative Spirituality New Age Jew Age Judaism Hassidism Channelling Theosophy Anthroposophy Neopaganism Kabbala Yemima Avital Cults 20th century Africa African anthroposoph culture discourse festival identity Israel Jerusalem kabbalah play religion spirituality

Editors and affiliations

  • Shai Feraro
    • 1
  • James R. Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.University of Tromso – The Arctic UniversityTromsoNorway

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