Yes, Israeli Jews and the diaspora are profoundly different. In Israel, religion is "digital," ---you either are or you're not. In America a thousand forms of Judaism and tribalism flourish---we offer variety. I only worry when I hear Israeli politician say they want to "save" diaspora Jews from assimilation, since they have done so by limiting freedom of religion.
IDF reservist, 44, dies of heart attack during training (Haaretz)
from the article: Do American Jews and Israelis have anything to talk about?