A Geographical Approach to an Analysis of the Distancing Hypothesis

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This paper reacts to the Sasson-Kadushin-Saxe and Cohen-Kelman papers on distancing of American Jews from Israel. I argue that the problem with both of these papers is that they utilize data from a consumer panel. These data are clearly not a random sample of American Jews. I further argue that data from local Jewish community studies have much to say about the issue, revealing that distancing is occurring to different degrees in different American Jewish communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Jewry
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Attachment to Israel
  • Distancing hypothesis
  • Local Jewish community studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies


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