Changes in Jewish Identification: A Comparative Study of a Teen Age Israel Camping Trip, a Counselor-in-Training Program, and a Teen Age Service Camp

By Gerald B. Bubis, Lawrence E. Marks

JCC Association (JCCA), August 1975

This report reviews the findings of a study which compares changes in Jewish identification among teenage participants in three different Los Angeles Jewish Community Center summer camping programs and one of the programs taking place in Israel. Jewish identity was examined through the administration of a questionnaire which was designed to assess various aspects of Jewish attitudes and behaviors. Two clear findings of the study are that the teenagers who went to Israel tended to be more Jewishly identified than teenagers who participated in the other camping programs and that none of the three camp groups were found to change their assessed level of identity as a result of their respective programs. Based on these findings the author makes several recommendations, and urges individual programs to reflect an understanding of the complexities that underlie an individual's Jewish identity before working to enhance it.

Topic: Jewish Camp, Jewish Identification, Israel Experience, Survey, Service, Identity Formation, Camp

Name of Publication: Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA)

Volume/Issue: No.1

Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel , Los Angeles, California

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Bubis, Gerald B. Marks, Lawrence E. Changes in Jewish Identification: A Comparative Study of a Teen Age Israel Camping Trip, a Counselor-in-Training Program, and a Teen Age Service Camp. Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA). JCC Association (JCCA). August 1975: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4081


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