Ten Years Later, Birthright Still Reaching Young Jews

By Leonard Saxe, Jeffrey Solomon

eJewish Philanthropy, June 7, 2011

A pervasive narrative of contemporary Jewry in America is that Jewish young adults are “distancing” themselves from Israel. Although pessimism is widespread, it is difficult to reconcile with the facts on the ground – in particular, the stunning success of Birthright Israel.

As long-time observers and analysts of Birthright Israel, we are convinced that a new generation of Jewish young adults is emerging. Fear of assimilation and policy disputes over Israel notwithstanding, these young adults are proud of their Jewish identity and eager to see themselves as part of a worldwide Jewish community.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Israel Education, Continuity, Youth, Young Adults, Jewish Identification, Generational Issues, Israel Attachment, Israel Experience, Jewish Continuity

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Coverage: Israel , United States

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Saxe, Leonard. Solomon, Jeffrey. Ten Years Later, Birthright Still Reaching Young Jews. eJewish Philanthropy. 7 June 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11786


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