Jewish Normativity: An Explorative Study

By Erik H. Cohen, Rachel Werczberger

Facet Theory Association, June 2009

This article examines the perceived importance of various behaviors among a population of Jewish Diaspora early adults who participated in a leadership-training program in Israel. The study spans a number of inter-related issues: educational tourism, identity of adolescents/emerging adults, and Jewish identity and attitudes towards Israel among Diaspora Jews. It was found that peoplehood, Israel and religion form the cornerstones of contemporary Jewish identity; the Shoah, universal values, and religious-nationalism are also important aspects to Jewish identity. Behaviors expressing more specific ideologies, for example serving in the Israeli army, supporting settlement of Greater Israel, keeping religious commandments or aspiring towards peace between Israel and its neighbors, were less central to contemporary Jewish identity.

Topic: Peoplehood, Youth, Jewish Identification, Israel Experience, Survey

Name of Publication: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Facet Theory Conferences

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Language: English

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Cohen, Erik H. Werczberger, Rachel. Jewish Normativity: An Explorative Study. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Facet Theory Conferences. Facet Theory Association. June 2009:


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