The survey was conducted by Limmud FSU especially for its conference held this past weekend in Princeton, NJ
Princeton, NJ, March 18, 2013 – Limmud FSU, a festival of Jewish learning, has just released the results of a new survey on the views of Russian-speaking Jews living in North America. The 10-question survey was sent out last week to over 2,000 of Limmud FSU’s members who reside across the United States and Canada. The vast majority of members are between the ages of 21 and 35, 60% are females and 40% are males, and 20% are married. 218 members took the survey.
The results of the survey were analyzed this weekend during the annual Limmud FSU Conference in Princeton, NJ, one of the largest Jewish gatherings for American Russian-speaking Jews in the United States, where over 750 participants were in attendance.
The main findings from the survey include: 63% think Benjamin Netanyahu would make the best Prime Minister of Israel. In regards to the American election, only 22% wanted Obama to win the 2012 Presidential election. The survey also found that 57% of participants don’t yet feel part of the American Jewish community; 38% prefer to live in Israel rather than North America and only 2% would like to live in the Former Soviet Union. More than 97% have visited Israel.
“The survey shows very clearly the deep connection that they young Russian Jewish community members have to the state of Israel and their Russian Jewish identity,” said Limmud FSU Co-Founder, Sandy Cahn. “However, the majority of them still don’t feel integrated enough into the major American Jewish community. The communal role of Limmud FSU is that this format empowers young Russian-speaking leaders to further become integrated into the main stream Jewish community to be possible important leadership in the future.
Here are the full results of the 10-question survey:
· What do you consider to be the most important part of your identity?
· Ideally, where would you prefer to live?
- How many times have you visited Israel?
- How important is it for you to feel connected to the Jewish community?
- Who do you think would be the best Prime Minister of Israel
- Which language do you primarily speak at home?
- The most important thing you look for in your children’s spouse is that they are:
- Who did you want to win the last US election?
- What most defines your connection to the Jewish people