"Eight Up": The College Years. The Jewish Engagement of Young Adults Raised in Conservative Synagogues, 1995-2003

Sponsor(s): The Avi Chai Foundation

Principal Investigator(s): Ariela Keysar, Barry A. Kosmin

Study Dates: 2003 (longitudinal study begun in 1995)

Key Findings:


"Eight Years": The College Years.  The Jewish Engagement of Young Adults Raised in Conservative Synagogues, 1995-2003, by Ariela Keysar and Barry A. Kosmin, summarizes the results of a longitudinal study of approximately 1,000 bar and bat mitzvah graduates from U.S. and Canadian Conservative synagogues which began with the class of 1994-1995 (Hebrew Year 5755).

The link to the report on the BJPA website is on the left -  as is a link to the earlier report, "Four Up": The High School Years, which followed the b'nai mitzvah celebrants from their initial interview to the re-interview in 1999.

Section IV (page 27) of "Eight Up" provides invaluable comparative survey data on key measures of Jewish connection and engagement from the studies in 1995, 1999 and 2003.

Study Notes:

Sponsored by the Avai Chai Foundation, "Eight Up" was a research project of the Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism at JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary), Jack Wertheimer, Director. 

In his introduction, Wertheimer noted: 

"One of the many noteworthy features of this study is the insight it provides into the impact of momentous events that coincided with the college years of this cohort. 'Eight Up' offers us a first glimpse of how college-age Jews reacted to the “war on terrorism” and the so-called second Intifada in Israel, as well as the upsurge of global anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. The report provides particularly rich information on how this population of young Jews incorporated these new developments into its Jewish self-understanding."

Language: English


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