Prof. Leonard Saxe

Leonard Saxe, a social psychologist, is professor of Jewish community research and social policy at Brandeis University and coauthor of How Goodly Are Thy Tents: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences (Brandeis University Press, 2003). Together with Prof. Barry Chazan, he authored Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity (Brandeis University Press, 2008).

Publications by Prof. Leonard Saxe

The Birthright Israel Program: Present and Possible Future Impacts

By autumn 2008, nearly two hundred thousand young Jewish adults aged eighteen to twenty-six from around the world had participated in Taglit-Birthright Israel, which consists of ten-day educational experiences in Israel. The aim of Birthright Israel is to make the participants’ Jewish identity more relevant to them, to enhance ahavat Yisrael (love of Israel), and to promote a sense of Jewish peoplehood. Research shows a great uniformity of impact on each of these measures, regardless of the par Read More »