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June 29, 2015 4:41 pm

Young American Jews Becoming More Pro-Israel, Israeli Think Tank Reveals

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Young Jews in the U.S. are becoming more pro-Israel. Photo: Irish Christian Friends of Israel.

Young Jews in the U.S. are becoming more pro-Israel. Photo: Irish Christian Friends of Israel.

Young Jews in the U.S. are becoming more pro-Israel and the growth is happening almost entirely within the Orthodox community, an Israeli think tank revealed on Sunday.

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) presented its 11th annual assessment on the Jewish people to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Cabinet. The report was the result of a dialogue process, focusing on Jewish values, conducted with more than 40 Jewish communities around the world.

The project, in which more non-Orthodox than Orthodox Jews participated, also found that young Conservative and Reform Jews were more likely to think negatively about Israel’s conduct during the Israel-Hamas war last summer. The same Jews were more doubtful of Israel’s efforts toward peace.

Other major trends discovered by the JPPI were the dramatic growth in the U.S. of the ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jewish communities, and that the majority of children from mixed marriages in the U.S. identify as Jews.

The think tank recently reported that the number of Jews worldwide is close to returning to what it was before World War II – nearly 16 million.

JPPI Co-Chair Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat told the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday, “This is a great affirmation of the Jewish people’s commitment to life and continuity but also requires new policy responses and outreach for those who have only marginal connections to Judaism and Israel.”

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