The Future of American Aliya


Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Calvin Goldscheider

Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: United States Israel


In Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography), 337-345. While questions about the future cannot be answered with scientific precision, lessons from the past and analysis of the present provide working parameters in evaluating the most likely contours of future American aliya. A brief review of the changing volume of American immigration to Israel (1961-1972) and of the selectivity of American olim provide the necessary background to evaluate the quantitative and qualitative potential aliya of American Jews.