Thinking about Distancing from Israel

By Steven M. Cohen, Ari Y. Kelman

May 17, 2009


The authors revisit their report, “BEYOND DISTANCING: Young Adult American Jews and Their Alienation from Israel,” which delineated several pieces of evidence pointing to diminished attachment to Israel among younger Jews. This report provoked major discussion in the field. They maintain their key argument that Israel attachment among non-Orthodox American Jews is in decline, and ought not be a taken-for-granted tenet of American Jewish identities. They state that the growth of intermarriage means that more such Jews and their children will adopt lifestyles that seem to militate against Israel attachment as a taken-for-granted pillar of their Jewish identities.

[A later version of this paper was published in Contemporary Jewry in October 2010.]

Topic: Intermarriage, Young Adults, Jewish Identification, Israel Attachment, Data, Religious Denominations

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