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October 2012

Leonard Saxe
Leonard Saxe

Dear Friends,


With the chagim past and the fall semester in full swing, it is an intense period at the Center and Institutes. Along with sharing our latest Taglit-Birthright Israel study, I want to provide a brief update on our major projects and forthcoming reports.


Today, we are releasing our latest report of the Jewish Futures Project. The study follows 2,000 Jewish young adults who were applicants to Taglit in its early years. The report focuses on participant and non-participant applicants from 2001-2006. The results are stunning. As the "Birthright Israel generation" marries and establishes their own families, we continue to find that Taglit participants are nearly 50% more likely to inmarry, are more highly attached to Israel, and more likely to belong to a Jewish congregation. The report details a host of interesting findings and several papers based on the findings will be completed shortly.  


The Jewish Futures project, and our other studies of the "Birthright Israel generation," are part of an expanding and maturing program of research. JData continues to flourish and we are also making important progress on our socio-demographic studies of the U.S. Jewish population. In addition, we are engaged in a number of other efforts ---- on Jewish and Israel studies at universities and on programs to address poverty and human service needs in the Former Soviet Union. The results of these studies will be available shortly.


My colleagues and I continue to be appreciative for your interest and support of our work. As always, we welcome your comments.


Best wishes,

Len signature  

Leonard Saxe, Phd.

Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy
Director, Steinhardt Social Reseach Institute and Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies




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

Read the report


Read the executive summary in English 

Read the executive summary in Hebrew 

Read the technical appendices 

Volume 6, Issue 4
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Jewish Futures Project

 JData, a CMJS signature project, collects and provides census-like information about Jewish educational programs in North America. We continue to form new partnerships and are working intensively with local communities and national agencies to better understand data trends and use information strategically. For more information, read our latest newsletter, JData Revealed   


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