In The New American Zionism
(New York University Press, 2014; paperback 2015), Theodore Sasson
, Professor of Jewish Studies at Middlebury College and Visiting Research Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, challenges the conventional view of declining American Jewish support for Israel. Rather, he argues, American Jews have shifted from a "mobilization" approach, featuring big, centralized organizations, to an "engagement" approach marked by direct relations with the Jewish state. While American Jews find Israel more personally meaningful, their collective ability to impact policy in the U.S. and in Israel has diminished.