Poll: Shabbos Connects Youth to Israel


shabbos-tableShabbos and Yomim Tovim are what most connects youth to Israel, according to a poll conducted by the “Masa Yisraeli” project at the prime minister’s request.

 “Masa Yisraeli”, which will soon mark its fifth anniversary, is an educational trip aimed at deepening youths’ personal and Israeli identity.

 The survey was conducted among 2,000 teenagers aged 16 to 18 in a bid to discover the thing which most connects the youth to the country they are living in. Some 43% of the respondents said they view Shabbos and chagim as their deepest connection to the country.

 Asked to explain the meaning of Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, many mentioned the special atmosphere which cannot be found in any other place in the world. Others mentioned the Yom Tov customs, Shabbos and Yom Tov family seudos, excursions, cultural activities and shul visits.

 About 20% of the respondents said the Hebrew language is what most connects them to the country. Hearing the Hebrew language everywhere, the Israeli songs and the Israeli culture make them feel that they are in the right place.

 Some 17% of the youth said family and friends were what most connected them to Israel, while 9% mentioned the country’s landscapes and 6% mentioned the Torah and history.

 Several of the teens said that the element which most connects them to Israel is journalist and TV host Yair Lapid.

 The survey’s findings will be handed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar in a special event organized by “Masa Yisraeli.”

{Ynet/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}