GlobalApr 27, 2016

Israeli Arabs more optimistic about two-state solution than Arabs living in the Palestinian territories

While significant shares of Israeli Arabs and Jews are optimistic about the prospect of a two-state solution, those who would live in this new independent state – the Arabs currently in the Palestinian territories – are less optimistic about it.

ReligionApr 20, 2016

What different styles of head coverings say about Israeli Jewish men

They come in several basic styles, with some more favored by particular Jewish subgroups than others.

ReligionMar 30, 2016

Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are more secular, less religiously observant

After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Israel’s largest wave of Jewish immigrants arrived from Russia and other former Soviet republics. These Soviet Jews brought a secular mindset to Israel, and more than two decades later, Jews who were born in the former Soviet Union continue to be noticeably less religious than Israeli Jews overall.

Media & NewsMar 28, 2016

Changing a social media profile picture is one way to express support or solidarity

In the wake of attacks in Brussels and in Lahore, Pakistan, some social media users are changing their profile pictures to express solidarity with victims and the people of these countries. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become a common way for Americans to get news, but they also can provide a way for […]

ReligionMar 21, 2016

5 facts about Israeli Druze, a unique religious and ethnic group

Israeli Druze make up roughly 2% of the country’s population and live mostly in the northern regions of the Galilee, Carmel and the Golan Heights. Their tradition dates back to the 11th century and incorporates elements of Islam, Hinduism and even classical Greek philosophy.

GlobalMar 18, 2016

Illegal migration to EU rises for routes both well-worn and less-traveled

In 2015, more than 1.8 million people crossed the European Union’s borders illegally, up from 280,000 detections of illegal border crossings in 2014.

ReligionMar 16, 2016

A closer look at Jewish identity in Israel and the U.S.

Nearly all Jews in the United States and Israel say they are proud to be Jewish, and strong majorities in both countries say they feel a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people. But the two Jewish communities do not always agree about what it means to be Jewish.

ReligionMar 15, 2016

Unlike U.S., few Jews in Israel identify as Reform or Conservative

The two largest organized Jewish denominations in America – Reform and Conservative Judaism – together have about five times as many U.S. members as the historically much older, more strictly observant Orthodox community. But the Reform and Conservative movements have a far smaller footprint in Israel.

ReligionMar 9, 2016

Among Israeli Arabs and Jews, limited optimism about a two-state solution

Public optimism among Israeli Arabs and Jews that a two-state solution is possible may be receding in Israel.

ReligionMar 8, 2016

In Israel, Jews are united by homeland but divided into very different groups

There are only about 6 million Jews living in Israel, but there are major religious, social and political chasms that divide them.