Strong correlation found between Israel experiences, marriage within the fold

There is a strong correlation between support for endogamy and intensive Israel experiences among those raised in non-Orthodox homes, a study by sociologists Steven Cohen and Ezra Kopelowitz has found.

The survey of several hundred alumni of the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), a four-week Israel program run by the National Council of Synagogue Youth, was sponsored by the Orthodox Union to find out if the project “help[s] make non-Orthodox- raised Jewish youngsters ‘more Jewish.’” NCSY is the youth wing of the OU.

Previous studies have shown that Israel experiences are likely to lower the rate of intermarriage among participants, with a 2010 Brandeis University study finding that coming to Israel on a Birthright tour is “strongly associated with measurable decreases in the probability of intermarriage.”


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