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College kids feel close to Israel

When asked what one word describes Israel, Jewish students said . . .

Young Jews on American college campuses are highly supportive of Israel, a new study shows. The survey of 400 students was sponsored jointly by The Israel Project and the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies in October and November. In examining the elements that impact Jewish students’ connection to Israel, it is clear that Jewish lifestyle engagement has a huge affect on these measurements.

• 66 percent of Jewish college students say they feel close to Israel.
• 77 percent of those students who attended day school feel close to Israel
• 78 percent of those students who attended Jewish summer camp or were involved in Jewish youth groups feel close to Israel
• 78 percent of students involved in a Jewish campus organization feel close to Israel
• 52 percent of students not involved in a Jewish campus organization feel close to Israel.
• 47 percent of Jewish students have been to Israel (16 percent on a Birthright tour)
• 73 percent of those Jewish students who have not been to Israel express a desire to visit.

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