Jewish Futures Project: The Impact of Birthright Israel 2010 Update

 The Impact of Birthright Israel: 2010 Update

Published by: Brandeis University, Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Authors: Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson, Shahar Hecht, Benjamin Phillips, Michelle Shain, Graham Wright, Charles Kadushin

Abstract: This report examines the impact of Birthright Israel on its alumni five to nine years after their visits to Israel.

The first year of the study was conducted in 2009 with a sample of individuals who applied to Birthright Israel in the years 2001-2004. In 2010, the original sample was contacted again for the second year of the study. In addition, the original sample was expanded to include a sample of individuals who applied to the program in 2005. Although not perfectly representative of young adult Jews, the Taglit applicant pool—now including more than 300,000 individuals—is remarkably diverse. These young people represent virtually every combination of secular and religious upbringing, as well as the geographic and socio-economic diversity of American Jewry.