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April 11, 2014

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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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Jewish World Review Sept. 6, 2007 / 23 Elul, 5767

Study: Non-Orthodox youth feel detached from Israel

By Margaret Ramirez



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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Younger Jews in the U.S. feel less attached to Israel and even alienated from the Jewish nation, reflecting a major shift in the American Jewish identity that some leaders find troubling, according to a new study.


Many older American Jews who still vividly remember the horror of World War II and the Holocaust forged a strong connection to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. But younger non-Orthodox Jews, especially those under age 35, show far less support and caring for Israel than their elders, said Steven M. Cohen, a prominent sociologist of American Jewry at Hebrew Union College and lead author of the report.


The study found this lack of attachment is unlikely to change even as the younger generations age, marry and have children. "That each age group is less Israel-attached than its elders suggests that we are in the midst of a long-term and ongoing decline," the report states.


Cohen said the distancing of the younger generation from Israel reflects a change in the community from its insulated immigrant beginnings to a fuller integration into American society, as well as the rising rates of intermarriage.


"Being Jewish historically, when Jews were in Europe, was more a matter of belonging to a community," he said. "When Jews came to America, the parts of being Jewish that resonated with that group dynamic have been in decline. Israel is much more a piece of the group character.


"The other aspect is that when Jews . . . take non-Jewish spouses, they are capable of retaining their faith but they're more likely to drop aspects of that group identity. And caring about Israel is one element."


The study's conclusions are "a function of the very significant shifts that have been occurring in what it means to be a Jew," Cohen said.


Emily Soloff, 60, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the American Jewish Committee, said she was concerned by the findings. "For the older generation, the idea of Israel as refuge had tremendous resonance," Soloff said. "Today's younger Jews feel safe in America. So it's a reflection of a more liberal society. But what will America's Jewish community look like if today's generation doesn't care?"


Soloff said she worries that violence in the Mideast has deterred some young Jews from traveling to Israel — an experience Cohen said fosters higher feelings of Israel attachment. "I don't think the violence helps," she said. "But, those experiences are just one piece of the puzzle."


Some young Jews express skepticism that their peers are less attached to Israel.


The report was based on responses of 1,700 non-Orthodox Jews collected for the 2007 National Survey of American Jews. Upcoming reports will look at other gender, sexuality, pop culture and use of the Internet among younger Jews.


Patti Ray, 60, director of Hillel for Loyola University's three campuses in Chicago, said the alienation from Israel is part of a broader problem of younger Jews not being informed about their history and the role of Israel in their faith.


"It's become very easy to be Jewish," Ray said. "The irony is when it was much more difficult to be Jewish, when there was much more overt prejudice against being a Jew, access into other cultures wasn't as easy. So, now it's easy to be Jewish, and I think students don't work at that part hard enough. . . . When you're not an educated Jew and you don't know about your history, your tradition, and your culture, then you become someone who feels alienated.


"To me, Israel is part of the life of a Jew," she said.

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