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Half of Birthright applicants flunked this Israel test – can you do better?, JTA, November 27, 2015
Most Birthright applicants functionally illiterate about Israel, Times of Israel, November 26, 2015
How College Can Put the Jewish in Children of Intermarriage, Leonard Saxe, Fern Chertok, Theodore Sasson, The Forward, November 10, 2015
New Study Challenges Bleak Outcomes Of Intermarriage, NY Jewish Week, November 3, 2015
What do Jewish College Students Really Know about Israel? Ejewishphilanthropy, November 3, 2015
Children of Intermarriage’s Attachment to Judaism most Fluid in College, Times of Israel, November 3, 2015
Study: College experiences can boost Jewish identity for children of mixed marriage, RNS, October 28, 2015
Multiracial Millennial Jewish Children of Intermarriage--Are We Meeting Them Where They Are At?, Huffington Post, October 27, 2015
My Jewish kids are the product of intermarriage, and other reasons for hope, JTA, October 22, 2015
Most children of intermarriage aren’t told they are exclusively Jewish, Jewish Journal, October 20, 2015
Children of Intermarriage are Reshaping the Contours of American Jewish Life, ejewishphilanthropy, October 20, 2015
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This study is the first comprehensive assessment to examine the religious upbringing, college experiences, and current attitudes and practices of millennial children of intermarriage, a cohort that currently comprises nearly half of the young adult Jewish population.
The Israel Literacy Measurement Project: 2015 Report
The Israel Literacy Measurement Project is an attempt to create a valid and reliable measure of knowledge of Israel. Drawing on definitions of literacy in other social science disciplines and in consultation with subject experts, the research team developed a test bank that can be used with college-aged young adults to assess the extent and content of their Israel-related knowledge.
The Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) prepares university faculty members to teach about Israel within the frameworks of their own disciplines. To date, the Institute has educated almost 250 college and university faculty members to teach about Israel. In the 11th year of its on-going evaluation of SIIS, CMJS observed sessions during the program, spoke informally with fellows, and conducted a survey with the 2004-14 cohorts regarding the impact of the program on teaching, scholarship, and related activities.
Israel Studies Directory: 2013-14 Report Update
To help inform educational opportunities about Israel, CMJS continues to track the development of Israel studies at 316 colleges and universities in the United States. Among other findings, the report documents a13% increase in Israel-focused courses and a 22% increase in Israel-related courses between the years 2008-09 and 2013-14.
In the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in summer 2014, US and Canadian college campuses were the settings for many anti-Israel activities, including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. This study attempts to understand the extent of hostility toward Israel and antisemitism on North American campuses and assess the relationship between these trends and Jewish students’ support for and connection to Israel.
Nearly 25,000 North American young Jews participated in Taglit-Birthright Israel, just prior and during the 2014 war with Hamas in Gaza. The study assesses participants’ experiences and compares their views of Israel to similar others who applied, but did not participate. As previous studies have found, Taglit has powerful effects on participants.
The 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study
The study documents the recent, rapid growth of the Seattle Jewish community and engagement of its members. Seattle is distinguished by having a broad set of communal institutions that engage the population in Jewish life, while also being home to a large number of secular and non-religious Jews.
Summer 2014 marked the beginning of the second decade of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) that prepares faculty members from around the world to design and teach courses about Israel. The report documents the impact of the program on participants and their teaching about Israel.
Pew’s portrait of American Jewry: A reassessment of the assimilation narrative
In A. Dashefsky & I. Sheskin (Eds.), American Jewish Year Book 2014 (Vol. 114, pp. 71-81). New York: Springer International Publishing.
Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson, Janet Krasner Aronson
The findings of the 2013 Pew Center report, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, have been characterized as documenting the decline of American Jewry. But the study actually shows substantial growth in the size of the Jewish population and considerable stability in engagement with Jewish life. This chapter reassesses our understanding of American Jews.
The fourth wave of the Jewish Futures Project, a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults, includes an expanded number of panelists with families. This change in the panel composition allows for additional new analyses including patterns related to marriage and child rearing, and an examination of applicant subgroups such as children of intermarried parents.