September 2014

Dear Friends, Leonard Saxe 2

We are appreciative of the responses we received regarding last week's  Constructs highlighting our study  of Jewish young adults' attitudes to the Gaza conflict. Today, we are releasing our latest report on the impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel with a special focus on marriage and family. The study is the latest installment of our Jewish Futures Project and describes new findings from our panel of Taglit participants and non-participants.


One of the most dramatic findings in the new study concerns intermarriage: Married participants who are the children of intermarried parents are two and half times more likely ( 55% v. 22%) than non-participants to be married to Jews. The report discusses this finding and other observations concerning marriage and children in light of the 2013 Pew Research Center's  A Portrait of Jewish Americans .

During the past several months, several of our researchers have worked on developing a better understanding of the Pew data about American Jewry. We have several papers and reports in press and under development. Our analyses of the data show substantial growth both in the population of individuals who identify their religion as Judaism as well as those (with Jewish parentage) who are what Pew describes as "Jews not by religion." For background on our perspective on the Pew study, see articles that several of us wrote for Contact.

I hope that you find our latest work of interest. On behalf of all of us at the Cohen Center and Steinhardt Institute, best wishes for a sweet and happy New Year.


Best regards,  

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Leonard Saxe, PhD

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


The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: 

Marriage and Family


This 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.


Read the report (including executive summary in Hebrew and English)

Read the technical appendices



The American Jewish Population Project


In conjunction with American Jewish Population Estimates: 2012, SSRI has developed the American Jewish Population Project, an innovative effort to map the Jewish population in the United States. This project is intended to allow comparative analyses nationally and locally, as well as over time.   


Visit the interactive map and learn about AJPP.  

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