TEL AVIV (Oct. 5)
More than 70 percent of American Jews have never visited Israel, according to a Haifa University researcher.
In his study, based on statistics provided by various Jewish federations across the United States, researcher David Mittelburg also found that intermarriage was higher among young American Jews who have not visited Israel.
Mittelburg’s study, which covered some 10,000 people, disclosed that in the 35-44 age group, only 19 percent had ever visited Israel.
Among those between the ages of 18-34, 30 percent had visited Israel; in the 45-and-above age group, the total rose to 44 percent.
The study showed that in the 18-34 age group intermarriage was as high as 62 percent among those who had never visited Israel, compared with 19 percent among those in the same age group who had traveled there at least once.