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November 6, 2009
From The Jewish Forward

Birthright Leads to Jewish Marriages, Study Says

By Gal Beckerman

Published October 27, 2009, issue of November 6, 2009.

The donors who have sent more than 200,000 young Jews on free trips to Israel over the last decade have been rewarded with a bit of reassuring news: Those returning from the trips are more likely than their peers to marry other Jews.

According to a new study about the long-term effects of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program, 72% of married alumni are wedded to other Jews, compared to a rate of 46% among a control group of young Jews who never went on one of the fully subsidized, 10-day trips to Israel. In this finding, the researchers from Brandeis University´┐Żs Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies even factored out individuals raised in Orthodox homes.

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