Prior Community Involvement and 'Israel Experience' Educational Tours
Publication Date: January 1999
Publisher(s): Hobbs the Printers Ltd.
Author(s): Erik H. Cohen
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: World Jews; Israel experience; Identity formation
The purpose of the Israel Experience program is to instill in Diaspora youth stronger ties with Israel and their Jewish identity. Almost all participants already have some connection with a Jewish community. The programme reinforces rather than radically change the attitudes and opinions held by the participants toward Israel and Judaism. There is a positive correlation between this prior affiliation and satisfaction with the programme. Community activities and formal Jewish schooling serve both as preparation for the educational tour and as a framework in which the experience can be understood and integrated.