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“I Thought I was Dead”: Polls as a Casualty of the Israeli Elections. Leonard Saxe, Charles Kadushin, Theodore Sasson, ejewishphilanthopy, March 23.
How Do Young American Jews Feel About Israel? Theodore Sasson, Leonard Saxe, Michelle Shain, Tablet Magazine, February 24, 2015.
Will Israel Alienate the Diaspora With 'Jewish State' Push? How Nationality Bill Threatens to Split Jewish World, Theodore Sasson, The Forward, January 2, 2014
The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! A reanalysis of last year’s important Pew Study contradicts persistent alarmism about ‘vanishing’ American Jewry, Leonard Saxe, Tablet Magazine, December 3, 2014
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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.