Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2021

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science and International Affairs

Department Chair or Program Director

Larus, Elizabeth

First Advisor

Lester, Emile

Second Advisor

Singh, Ranjit

Major or Concentration

Political Science


In recent decades, there has been a lot of speculation and general hand-wringing from Jewish leadership about American Jews, and particularly young American Jews, and their increasing apathy towards Israel. Jewish leaders, both at the individual and institutional level, worry that there seems to be a clear generational gap in concern for and engagement with Israel as a central feature of Jewish identity. This research will aim to gauge the extent to which this is true and whether colleges are impacting American Jews’ views on Israel. I will conduct a series of extensive interviews with Jewish high school and college students to see if there is significant difference between how the two groups respond. The primary form of data collection consists of interviews with both high school and university students about their perceptions of Israel and any self-reported changes in viewpoint.