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Jewish Futures Project--The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: Marriage and Family

Leonard Saxe, Michelle Shain, Shahar Hecht, Graham Wright, Micha Rieser, Theodore Sasson | September 2014

This report examines Taglit-Birthright Israel’s long-term impact on participants with a special focus on their decisions about marriage and children. The findings are derived 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.

Consistent with the results of three previous JFP surveys, the present study found substantial, long-term differences between Taglit participants and nonparticipants. 

Taglit participants are less likely to be married than nonparticipants of the same age. Among those who are currently married, Taglit participants are much more likely than nonparticipants to be married to a Jew. Overall, the likelihood of inmarriage for participants is 72 percent, while for nonparticipants, the likelihood is 51 percent. Particularly striking about the marriage findings is that among participants whose parents are...


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