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In an opinion piece in the Jewish Week, Leonard Saxe and Jeffrey Solomon address questions about the political nature of Birthright Israel - Taglit's trip content which have been raised recently. They write: 'Taglit is unabashed in its focus on promoting Jewish identity, Peoplehood and love of Israel. By regulation, and voluminous guidelines, its educators are required to offer apolitical “balanced messages.” To identify with and love Israel does not mean support of a specific political position about Israel.'
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
This report examines the impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on its alumni five to nine years after their visits to Israel. The data are derived from the second year of a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults. The present study is “Wave 2″ of long-term data collection from applicants and includes a new cohort as well as additional data from their initial respondents. As the researchers found in 2009, Taglit appears to be responsible for a 51% increase in the likelihood that a young Jew will marry Jewishly, as well as an increase in the attachment participants feel for Israel.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2011
In the presentation “U.S. Jewry 2010: Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Population,” given at the Association for Jewish Studies meeting in Boston on December 20th, Professor Leonard Saxe reported that rather than declining, the Jewish population has been increasing since 1990. NJPS 2000-01, the last national Jewish population study sponsored by the United Jewish Communities (currently, the Jewish Federations of North America), found that the U.S. Jewish population had declined by 300,000 during the 1990-2000 period. Saxe and his colleagues found that the Jewish population has actually risen from about 5.5 million individuals in 1990 to an estimated 6.5 million as of 2010, an increase of nearly 20%.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2011
To assess American Jewish views about Israel, a survey was conducted in June 2010, beginning two weeks after the Gaza flotilla incident, of more than 1,200 individuals who were identified as Jewish in a large national panel. The survey explores American Jewish attachment to Israel, in particular in the younger generation. The findings of the present study challenge the view of a widening schism between American Jews and Israel. A majority of American Jews feels attached to Israel and the overall level of attachment has remained stable for nearly a quarter of a century.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010
The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) has released the executive summary of this study by Brandeis University's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. It focuses on non-Orthodox students who spent part—but not all—of their education in day schools, and pays special attention to their academic self-confidence and aspirations, Jewish identity and engagement, campus social integration, and resistance to risky behavior.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2009
This is the first national study designed to explore the near-term effects of day schools on the academic, social, and Jewish trajectories of former students during their college years. Conducted during the winter of 2006-07, this research drew over 3,300 Jewish respondents from college and university campuses in the top quartile of ranked schools in the United States. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, this study contextualizes the experiences of students from day schools through comparison with Jewish undergraduates from private and public school backgrounds.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2009
This is the first long-term study of Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni to document the program's impact on early participants and their decisions and attitudes regarding marriage, community, and connection to Israel. The report finds, most dramatically, a deepening attachment to Israel and commitment to Jewish family.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2009
Tourists, Travelers, and Citizens: Jewish Engagement of Young Adults in Four Centers of North American Jewish Life
This study aims to understand how post-college-age Taglit alumni relate to the programs, activities, and organizations geared toward Jewish young adults and identify strategies for better meeting their needs and aspirations for Jewish involvement. Drawing on survey, focus group, and interview data, the report develops a portrait of post-college Jewish young adult life in four of the largest Jewish communities in North America: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2009
An interview with Prof. Leonard Saxe of Brandeis University by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld of The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs about The Birthright Israel Program. Prof. Saxe describes the program, its history and impacts as reflected in the body of research on the program asa well as the possible future impact of Birthright on developing Jewish identity of both Diaspora and Israeli participants.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2009
Israel experience trips—and Taglit-Birthright Israel trips in particular— increasingly include a substantial mifgash—an “encounter” between the Diaspora Jewish visitors and Israeli peers. The aim of the present report is to improve understanding of the formal and informal components of the mifgash, as well as the significance of the experience for North American and Israeli participants.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008