JNS.org – A Brandeis University professor presented a study at an international academic symposium on the program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showing that those who participated in Birthright tend to marry later than those who did not, and more of them tend to choose Jewish partners.
The study shows that Birthright participants have a 31 percent chance of getting married by age 28, while non-participants have a 39 percent chance. While the percent chance for participants grows by the age of 34, it continues to be lower than the chance for non-participants.
Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University Professor Leonard Saxe followed 3,000 graduates of the program who participated in the Birthright program between 2001 and 2006.
“The most obvious explanation is that the Taglit experience makes these people want to look for a Jewish spouse…It is still surprising to us how effective the program has been in promoting in-marriage,” Saxe said.