Reluctant or Repressed? Aversion to Expressing Views on Israel Among American Rabbis

By Steven M. Cohen, Jason Gitlin

Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), October 8, 2013

This study examines American rabbis and how they speak about Israel. An online survey of 552 rabbis, fielded in spring 2013, addressed these questions: To what extent do rabbis, in fact, repress publicly expressing their privately held views on Israel? Which rabbis more often fear expressing their views? How is repression or self-censorship related to denomination, political values, Israel-related positions, seniority and other possibly influential factors? The rabbis in this sample do not constitute a fully representative segment of American rabbis, with a significant under-sampling of Orthodox rabbis. However, the pattern of relationships between and among measures can nevertheless prove instructive, as the findings point to patterns that are consistent with side knowledge and social theory. As with any opt-in panel, the results must be seen as suggestive and taken with a greater degree of caution than with probability-based samples.

Topic: Political Behavior, Rabbis, Ideology, Leadership, Discourse and Dialogue, Clergy, Politics, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Cohen, Steven M. Gitlin, Jason. Reluctant or Repressed? Aversion to Expressing Views on Israel Among American Rabbis. Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). 8 October 2013:


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