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Second Generation Israeli-Americans Twice as Likely to Intermarry

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Israeli-American Council commissioned a study of Israelis living in America.  While not surprising, the results are also not reassuring for those who believe Jewish continuity is a value.

The rate of intermarriage for the children of Israelis who are living in America is 17 percent, which is more than double the rate of their parents’ generation, which was eight percent.

The study, titled, “Israelis and Israeli-Americans Living in the United States: Perceptions, Attitudes and Behavior,” surveyed some 1,660 Israelis in 40 U.S. states. It concentrated on two different cohorts of Israelis living in America: those who have lived in the U.S. for less than ten years, and those who have lived in the U.S. for more than ten years.

Midgam, an Israeli polling company, conducted the survey, with assistance from the Israeli government and several Israeli-American organizations.

The survey also provided information about the Israeli-American demographics. The largest segment of this population – 44 percent – are between the ages of 35 – 44, with the second largest – 20 percent – between 16 – 34 years old. Only 11 percent are older than 65, while 15 percent are between the ages of 45 – 64.

Fewer than half of all Israeli-Americans send their children to Jewish day schools, the survey found. There is an increasing -though only slightly – greater chance that children of Israeli-Americans who have been in the U.S. for a longer period of time will not attend day schools.

In terms of denominational affiliation, The Israeli-American Council survey found that of the roughly 50 percent of Israeli-Americans who regularly attend synagogue, 44 percent attend Orthodox synagogues.

For the remaining Israeli-Americans who attend synagogue, membership is roughly evenly divided between Conservative synagogues – 24 percent, and Reform synagogues – 22 percent.  However, for those Israelis who have lived in the U.S. for more than ten years, there is a substantial increase in the percentage attending Conservative synagogues – 33 percent, with only 17 percent attending Reform synagogues.

The Israeli-American Council‘s goal is to “organize, activate and engage” the more than half a million Israeli-Americans living throughout the United States.

Israel Withdraws Loyalty Survey of Expats, US Jews

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered two Israeli ministries to withdraw a poll asking expatriate Israelis and American Jews about their loyalties.

On Sunday, Netanyahu told the Immigrant Absorption Ministry and the Foreign Ministry to halt distribution of the survey after news reports of its contents were published in the Israeli media.

The Israeli daily Haaretz was the first to report on the poll, which asked respondents where they would place their allegiance in the event of a crisis between the United States and Israel.

The survey was commissioned by the Israeli American Council, a private nonprofit group based in Los Angeles that supports the Israeli-American community. Billionaire media mogul Haim Saban is a prime backer of the council.

Israeli embassies and consulates in the United States were asked last week by the council to distribute the poll via email, according to Haaretz.

The survey is part of the council’s effort to expand in other cities. American billionaire Sheldon Adelson has pledged to help fund the expansion, Haaretz reported.

Respondents to the survey also were asked to what extent they make voting decisions for president or Congress based on the candidates’ attitudes toward Israel, and the impact of American Jews and Jewish organizations on American policy.

It is unclear at what government level the survey was approved or whether Absorption or Foreign Ministry officials checked what types of questions would be asked, according to Haaretz. The survey had the symbol of the State of Israel on its first page.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-withdraws-loyalty-survey-of-expats-us-jews/2013/10/28/

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