The Making of a Jewish American Identity: A Quantitative Analysis of Jewish Value Fostering Within Jewish Sleepaway Camps
MetadataShow full item record
This study quantitatively investigates the relationship between attending Jewish sleep away camp and present levels of Jewish values within respondents’ lives. While the effects and ramifications of attending Jewish summer camp have been written about at length, after exhaustively searching through previous research we were unable to find anything outside of the qualitative domain. Because Jewish summer camp is considered to be one of the most valuable tools employed to inculcate Jewish values in Jewish youth, we felt that a quantitative assessment of these claims would be a logical next step in progressing the field forward. Our two hypotheses were that spending more years at camp would correlate with higher present levels of Jewish values, and that reaching a higher rank within camp’s hierarchy (i.e. camper, counselor, unit head) would also positively correlate with these present values. Support was found only for the association of rank and Jewish values for individuals who did not have a Jewish day school education. These results suggest that when individuals did not spend the majority of their K-12 schooling in formal Jewish educational institutions, having a more involved role in the camping experience may promote the enhancement of a Jewish identity.
The file is restricted for YU community access only.
The file is restricted, or can be viewed by YU Community Only.
The following license files are associated with this item:
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Babich, Harvey; Kahan, Shani; Schwartz, Tamar; Hirsch, Rivka; Landau, Aviva; Radinsky, Miriam; Tawil, Ruth (New York, NY. Stern College for Women. Yeshiva University., 2020)
Prager, Yossi; Hirt, Robert S. (The Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press ; Ktav Publishing House, Inc., 2010)This volume, the nineteenth in the Orthodox Forum Series, capably edited by Yossi Prager, Executive Director of The AVI CHAI Foundation in North America, invites us to rethink the way we go about allocating our philanthropic ...