Generation Birthright Israel: The Impact of an Israel Experience on Jewish Identity and Choices

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies Invites You to a Special Research Briefing

Monday, October 26, 2009
8:30 a.m. refreshments
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. research briefing
Brandeis House
12 East 77th Street, NYC

Please join us on October 26th at a special research briefing for our newly published study of the long-term impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Generation Birthright Israel: The Impact of an Israel Experience on Jewish Identity and Choices finds that a 10-day educational program in Israel continues to build Jewish identity years after the participants have returned. Approximately a quarter million young adult Jews ages 18-26 from around the world have experienced Israel under the auspices of Taglit-Birthright Israel. This study takes a look at the early participants and their decisions and attitudes regarding marriage, community, and connection to Israel. The report finds, most dramatically, a deepening attachment to Israel and commitment to Jewish family.

Discussing the report and answering questions: Prof. Leonard Saxe, Lead author and Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Responding to the report: Prof. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and
Director of the Florence G. Heller/JCC Association Research Center

Barry Shrage, President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

Moderator: Prof. Ilan Troen, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Please reply to cmjs@brandeis.edu or call 781.736.2060 to reserve a spot.

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