North American Conservative Jewish Teenagers' Attachment to Israel

By Barry A. Kosmin, Ariela Keysar

Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), 1999

The authors recognize that the self-image of Jews and the prospects for Jewish continuity worldwide are linked to the development of a meaningful and mutually satisfactory relationship between the Jewish communities of Israel and the diaspora. They argue that parental behavior can positively influence teenagers' outlook and attitudes toward Israel; family visits to Israel make young people more attached to the country; attending a Jewish day school can make young people more attached to Israel; and attachment to Israel is strongly correlated with participation in Jewish summer camps and youth groups. They also examine similarities and differences in attitudes toward Israel by teenagers' gender, geography and religious background. The authors cite data gathered from 1,412 Bar/Bat Mitzvah families from Conservative congregations in the United States and Canada.

Topic: Youth, Masorti Judaism, Jewish Identification, Israel Attachment, Conservative Judaism, Family

Name of Publication: JPR Report

Volume/Issue: no.2

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Canada , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kosmin, Barry A. Keysar, Ariela. North American Conservative Jewish Teenagers' Attachment to Israel. JPR Report. Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). 1999: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4102


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