Jewish Futures Project. Birthright Israel's First Decade of Applicants: A Look at the Long-term Program Impact

Graham Wright, Shahar Hecht, and Leonard Saxe

November 2020

Jewish Futures report cover

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.

The JFP panel is composed of a stratified random sample of individuals who applied to go on Birthright trips between 2001 and 2009. Data for the sixth wave of the study were collected through an online survey that took place between June and December 2019. A total of 2,477 panelists responded to the survey, representing an overall response rate (AAPOR RR2) of 45%.

Key Findings