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North American Conservative Jewish teenagers' attachment to Israel

Author(s): Ariela Keysar and Barry Kosmin
Date: 20 January 1999

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For 13 and 14 year olds affiliated with Conservative synagogues attachment to Israel is very high. In fact, it is much stronger than among American Jewish adults in general.

The implications are clear: by communicating with their children, it is parents who are the prime agents in creating strong ties and a deep commitment to the Jewish homeland. It is family discussions-even more than formal education-that is shown to have the greatest impact. What's more, it's cost free.

In addition, our results suggest that family trips to Israel - even at early ages - can make a positive difference. 

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