This book is a cumulative analysis of an international, longitudinal study of a tour program which brings Jewish youth from around the world to Israel. It is a case study of the longest running and most thoroughly documented, intentionally organized heritage tour program in existence, including a wealth of data never previously published. Issues central to Jewish studies are explored in depth, including cross-cultural analysis of the impact and meaning of the program in Jewish communities around the world. Additionally, it touches on core issues related to identity in the post-modern era, the sociology of contemporary tourism, and informal education and adolescent psychology and sociology. The book is relevant to researchers, professionals and university students in the fields of Jewish studies and tourism.
Dr. Erik H. Cohen has conducted numerous international studies in the fields of Jewish education, Jewish identity, Israel-Diaspora relations, and youth culture. He has a special interest in the Facet Theory approach of data design and analysis. He has been widely published in these fields, including several books published in French and Hebrew. He is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Bar Ilan University and Director of the Research & Evaluation Group, based at Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Erik H. Cohen was born in Morocco, raised in France, and immigrated to Israel at the age of 22.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Jewish Educational Youth Travel to Israel: A Special Case of Diaspora Tourism Chapter 2 What is the "Israel Experience"? Chapter 3 Participation in the Israel Experience Chapter 4 Historical and Sociological Background of Jewish Youth Tourism to Israel Chapter 5 Survey of Research on the Israel Experience Chapter 6 Perceptions of Israel Chapter 7 Satisfaction with the Tour and Elements of a Successful Visit Chapter 8 Impact of the Israel Experience Chapter 9 Content of the Program Chapter 10 Informal Education and the Israel Experience Chapter 11 Staff of the Israel Experience Chapter 12 Marketing Conclusions and Reflections: The Role of Youth Tours to Israel in Contemporary Jewish Identity