Taglit-Birthright Israel Evaluation: 2007-2008 North American Cohorts

Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher: Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies; Steinhardt Social Research Institute

Author(s): Leonard Saxe; Benjamin Phillips; Graham Wright; Matthew Boxer; Shahar Hecht; Theodore Sasson

Research Area: Culture and religion; Education

Keywords: Israel attachment; Youth; Informal Education; Program Evaluation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report focuses on the North American cohort of nearly 60,000 young adults who participated in ten day, fully subsidized Birthright Israel trips in summer 2007 and winter 2007-08. The report includes a description of applicant characteristics and an analysis of the reactions of program participants to the program, in terms of their evaluation of their experience and its impact on their relationships, Jewish identity, participation in Jewish communal life, and connection to Israel, at approximately three months post trip.