Jewish Futures Project. The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: Marriage and Family

Leonard Saxe, Michelle Shain, Shahar Hecht, Graham Wright, Micha Rieser and Theodore Sasson

September 2014

Jewish Futures report coverThis report examines Taglit’s long-term impact on participants with a special focus on their decisions about marriage and children. The findings are from data collected in 2013 for the fourth wave of the “Jewish Futures Project” (JFP), a panel study of individuals who applied to Taglit between 2001 and 2006.

Interviews, both telephone and web, were conducted with over 2,000 respondents. The analysis compares Taglit participants to those who applied to the program but did not participate.

The JFP panelists are now old enough (25-40 years old) to focus on the ways in which Taglit impacts decisions abount marriage and family. The findings examine differences between the children of inmarriage and the children of intermarriage and the ways in which inmarriage relates to engagement in Jewish life.

Key Findings