The Role of Educational Travel to Israel in the Ethnification of American Jews

By David Mittelberg, Lilach Lev Ari, Yoel Mansfeld


This presentation discusses a study that did a comparative longitudinal analysis of the changes in Jewish identity of North American college-age Jews. The analysis utilizes two multi-stage longitudinal data sets: (1) data gathered in North America, through mail survey, from 362 alumni who participated in the Otzma program during 1987-1995, (2) data gathered from 269 Oren Kibbutz Institute alumni who participated in the program during 1989-1994. It seems that during the years that have passed since participation in both programs, the participant's ethnic identity as American Jews has become stronger since their Israel volunteer tourism experience.

Topic: Kibbutzim, Diaspora, Jewish Identification, Israel Experience, Ethnicity, Data, Research, Volunteerism, Service

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Mittelberg, David. Lev Ari, Lilach. Mansfeld, Yoel. The Role of Educational Travel to Israel in the Ethnification of American Jews. 2004:


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