The Return Migration of American Olim

By Chaim I. Waxman

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), 1989

This article presents an analysis of return aliya, or "American yerida," Jews who immigrated from the United States to Israel only to return to their original home country. The author bases his article on data gathered from a group of seventy-one return olim. He commences his work by discussing previous studies, arguing that the pattern of responses is strikingly similar to earlier data in that although Jewish issues were among the most salient in the respondents' initial move to Israel, they were unimportant in their decision to return and were generally displaced by economic and familial considerations. The author examines changes in attitude toward Israel and Judaism after the respondents' return and concludes that there are major weaknesses in the existing organized aliya efforts.

Topic: Immigration, Jewish Identification, Israel Attachment, Affiliation

Name of Publication: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Waxman, Chaim I. The Return Migration of American Olim. Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). 1989:


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