We are appreciative of the responses we received regarding last week's
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
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.