NEW YORK (Dec. 23)
The publication of “Midstream” as a monthly magazine, published by the Theodor Herzl Foundation, was launched here today at a luncheon attended by a selected group of 75 writers, scholars and Jewish leaders, held under the chairmanship of Dr. Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the Foundation. The magazine appeared as a quarterly for the last 10 years.
Speakers at the luncheon included, in addition to Dr. Neumann, Michael Arnon, Consul General of Israel, Maurice Samuel and Shlomo Katz, editor of the publication. Dr. Neumann hailed the expansion of “Midstream” from a quarterly to a monthly as a notable contribution to the wider understanding and interpretation of contemporary world Jewish issues. “Much has changed during the past decade,” he said. The tempo of world events has gained momentum. A generation of young people has come to the fore who are alert to the issues that now confront public opinion to a greater degree than their predecessors of a decade ago.
“In its first decade of publication, Midstream has consistently aimed to serve as a forum of free inquiry and creative expression on all issues relevant to the context of our existence as Jews in a troubled world. We have defined ourselves as a Zionist Journal, conceiving of Zionism as in essence a questioning of the Jewish status quo and as a steady confrontation of the problems of Jewish existence in Israel and the Diaspora.” In the condition of the Jewish people, which is dispersed–or still dispersed–all over the globe, this has placed us in confrontation with the major issues that face humanity today. The warm response of the reading public encouraged us to undertake the challenging task of transforming Midstream into a monthly.”