The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on Participants from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Germany

Sasha Volodarsky, Shahar Hecht, Michelle Shain and Leonard Saxe

June 2019

Report cover for "The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on Participants from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Germany," Sasha Volodarsky, Shahar Hecht, Michelle Shain and Leonard Saxe. Illustration depicts a silhouette of a group of peopleThis study focuses on two groups of Birthright Israel participants: first, those from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus and second, Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) in Germany. It is part of a larger program of research designed to understand the impact of Birthright Israel (known in the FSU and Germany as Taglit) on its participants. The study draws on pre- and post-trip surveys of the summer 2017 cohort from these countries, as well as on a long-term survey of participants from Russia and Ukraine who participated in the program during 2010-14.

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