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The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: 2012 Update
This study is based on data from a survey of a sample of individuals who applied to Taglit-Birthright Israel between 2001 and 2006. Interviews, both telephone and web, were conducted with nearly 2,000 respondents. The sample of applicants includes both participants and nonparticipants. The present study represents the third wave of data collection in a broad longitudinal study aimed at understanding young adults’ Jewish trajectories and assessing the long-term impact of Taglit. The first two waves of the study (conducted in 2009 and 2010) showed strong effects of Taglit participation, and the current analysis, with a sample that is more Jewishly diverse and includes older individuals who are more likely to be married, increases confidence in the previous findings.
The findings focus on respondents who were not raised Orthodox, and the analysis compares responses of Taglit participants to a comparison group of individuals who applied to the program but did not participate. At the time of application/trip, there were few systematic differences between participants and nonparticipants. Overall, the results indicate that, despite the increasing time lag since the Taglit experience, there is substantial evidence of the program’s positive impact on a broad range of measures having to do with an individual’s Jewish identity, relationship to Israel, and connection to the Jewish people.
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Saxe, Leonard. Shain, Michelle. Wright, Graham. Hecht, Shahar. Fishman, Shira. Sasson, Theodore. The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: 2012 Update. Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS). October 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14357