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Director's Letter

October 19, 2015

Dear Friends, Len Saxe

Today in New York City, we released our latest study “Millennial Children of Intermarriage: Touchpoints and Trajectories of Jewish Engagement.” Our findings illustrate the powerful role of Jewish college experiences, including participation in Birthright Israel and campus-based programs such as Hillel and Chabad, in engaging children of intermarriage in Jewish life. Indeed, we found that college involvement can narrow the gap between children of intermarried parents and children of inmarried parents on many measures of Jewish engagement.

We also are pleased to release “The Israel Literacy Measurement Project: 2015 Report.” The report is an attempt to create a valid and reliable measure of knowledge of Israel. Beginning with the question, “what does it mean to be literate about Israel?” the team worked to establish assessment standards in this area. Drawing on definitions of literacy in other social science disciplines and in consultation with experts on the subject, the research team developed a test consisting of a bank of validated Israel-related questions. The question bank now can be used with college-aged young adults to assess the extent and content of their Israel-related knowledge.

In a time when violence around the world suggests that the ties that bind us are more frayed than ever, I would like to think that our work—focusing on understanding Jewish identity, peoplehood, and community—serves as one contribution to the effort to promote and repair our social fabric.

Thank you for the continued interest in our work.

Best regards,