The authors discuss findings from a pioneering research study based on two scientific public-opinion surveys taken simultaneously among representative samples of the Jewish communities in Israel and the United States. Intended to examine different dimensions of closeness and distance between the two communities, the goal was to have the findings be a basis for examining any developments in these relations as well as ways of influencing them in the future. The findings relate to eight scales that represent central facets of closeness and distance, the distinction among which was aided by the statistical analysis of the respondents' answers in the two communities. Overall, the two communities are remarkably alike on almost all scales, with some notable exceptions.
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Cohen, Steven M. Ya'ar, Ephraim. Closeness and Similarity between Israel and American Jews: Preliminary Research Report. The Peoplehood Papers. International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot. October 2009: