Jewish Education

Serving a Complex Israel

January 30th, 2013

Repair the World and The Jewish Agency for Israel commissioned the study, “Serving a Complex Israel: A report on Israel-based Immersive Jewish Service-learning,” to learn more about the appeal of and outcomes associated with participation in Israel-based immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) programs.

This paper reports on an exploratory study of 332 North American alumni of 12 different IJSL programs who participated in programs from August 2009 to June 2012.

The study addresses the following primary research questions:

  1. Who participates in Israel-based IJSL programs?
  2. Why do they choose to participate and why do they choose to participate inIsrael?
  3. What happens for participants as a result of the programs?
  4. What are the implications of these learnings for funders and providers of Israel-based IJSL programs?

Serving a Complex Israel Executive Summary
Serving a Complex Israel