Trends in American Jewish Attachment to Israel: An Assessment of the ‘‘Distancing’’ Hypothesis

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dc.contributor.author Sasson, Theodore
dc.contributor.author Kadushin, Charles
dc.contributor.author Saxe, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-10T18:23:19Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-10T18:23:19Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09
dc.identifier.citation Contemporary Jewry (2010) 30:297–319 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/33774
dc.description.abstract In recent years, social scientists have claimed that American Jews, in particular in the younger generation, have grown more distant from Israel. This paper draws on evidence from national surveys conducted over two decades to assess the ‘‘distancing hypothesis.’’ The survey data suggest that emotional attachment to Israel has varied within a narrow band, with no consistent pattern of increase or decrease. Predictions of distancing appear to be incorrect and several factors which were presumed to underlie distancing are examined: generational turnover, intermarriage and political alienation. These factors appear to have only small impact on the overall level of American Jewish attachment to Israel. An alternative narrative is suggested and the implications for the future relationship of American Jews to Israel are discussed. Posted with permission. Contemporary Jewry (2010) 30:297–319. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Contemporary Jewry en
dc.rights (c) 2010 Springer en
dc.subject Israel en
dc.subject Attachment en
dc.subject Distancing en
dc.subject Young adults en
dc.subject Birthright Israel en
dc.subject Diaspora en
dc.subject Intermarriage en
dc.title Trends in American Jewish Attachment to Israel: An Assessment of the ‘‘Distancing’’ Hypothesis en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi DOI 10.1007/s12397-010-9056-1 en


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