September 13, 2007
American Jewish youth alienated from Israel, study finds
(Page 2 - Previous Page)After last summer's war with Lebanon, Saxe's center at Brandeis did a study comparing the reactions of Birthright alumni to those of young American Jews who had not participated in a birthright program. They found "dramatic differences," Saxe said.
"Program alumni got their information in very different ways from those that had not been on the program," he said. "They looked to the Israeli media, or got news directly from the Israelis they'd met. You had past participants reaching out to the Israelis they knew, not just watching it on CNN."
Saxe pointed out that registration for this winter's birthright programs opened Wednesday of last week, and that by 10 a.m., 6,000 people had signed up.
"If there's that much interest in Israel and in traveling to Israel," he concluded, "it's hard to say we're facing a crisis."
The report "Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and their Alienation from Israel" can be accessed online at www.acbp.net/publications.html.
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