Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Political Science and International Affairs
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Major or Concentration
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.
Seltzer, Kate, "Two Jews, Three Opinions: An Exploration of Young American Jewish Perspectives on Israel" (2021). Student Research Submissions. 413.