Jewish Futures Project

The Jewish Futures Project is a longitudinal panel study that has been tracking the lives of individuals who applied to go on a Birthright Israel trip between 2001 and 2009.

While the Jewish Future Panel is not a representative sample of Gen X and millennial Jews in the United States, it represents the diversity of Jewish upbringing and experiences of this generation.

The study has been surveying the same group of individuals – those who participated in the program and similar peers who applied but did not go – since 2009. Over this period of time, the panel has been interviewed six times. The study examines how panel members’ lives evolve as they age and the decisions they have made about family formation and engagement in Jewish life. The study examines the extent to which their 10-day Birthright experience shaped their views about Israel and involvement in Jewish life.

Methodological Information


Jewish Futures report 2018


November 2020

The Jewish Futures Project (JFP) has been following multiple cohorts of Birthright participants, and others who applied to the program but did not go, for over a decade. In the sixth wave of the JFP study, we explore whether Birthright’s long-documented impact on connection to Israel and engagement in Jewish life persists, as participants grow older, and the trip recedes further in their memory.


Report Cover October 2017


December 2017

The report presents findings from the 5th wave of a longitudinal study of several thousand Jewish young adults who applied to Birthright between 2001 and 2009 and includes an analysis of the ways in which Birthright’s impact manifests in different subgroups: those with one versus two Jewish parents, those whose sole Israel experience was a Birthright trip, participants who are single versus partnered, and men versus women.

Report cover September 2014


September 2014

The findings in this report were derived from data collected in 2013 for the fourth wave of the Jewish Futures Project, a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults. The expanded number of panelists with families allows for new analyses of marriage patterns and child rearing, including the study of applicant subgroups (e.g., children of intermarried parents).

Report cover October 2012


October 2012

The impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on its alumni six to eleven years after their trip to Israel is examined in this study. The data are derived from the third year of a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults.

Report cover February 2011


February 2011

This report examines the impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on its alumni five to nine years after their visits to Israel. The data are derived from the second year of a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults.

Report cover October 2009


October 2009

This report represents the first long-term study of Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni to document the program's impact on early participants and their decisions and attitudes regarding marriage, community, and connection to Israel.