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Israel’s Religiously Divided Society


This study was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support for the survey from the Neubauer Family Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals:

Primary Researchers

Neha Sahgal, Senior Researcher Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research

Research Team

Angelina E. Theodorou, Research Analyst Katie Simmons, Associate Director, Research        Kelsey Jo Starr, Research Assistant Steve Schwarzer, Research Methodologist Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher     Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate      Claire Gecewicz, Research Assistant Dennis R. Quinn, Research Assistant Renee Stepler, Research Assistant             

Editorial and Graphic Design

Sandra Stencel, Associate Director, Editorial Caryle Murphy, Senior Writer/Editor Michael Lipka, Editor Aleksandra Sandstrom, Copy Editor Bill Webster, Information Graphics Designer Diana Yoo, Art Director

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Digital Project Manager Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer Anna Schiller, Communications Manager Stefan S. Cornibert, Communications Associate

Others at Pew Research Center who provided research guidance include Michael Dimock, James Bell, Claudia Deane, Gregory A. Smith and Jacob Poushter.

The Pew Research Center received valuable advice on all phases of this project from a panel of expert advisers: Eliezer Ben-Rafael, professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University; Steven M. Cohen, research professor of Jewish social policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Sergio DellaPergola, Shlomo Argov Professor Emeritus of Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Menachem Friedman, professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University; Tamar Hermann, professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel and senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute; Shlomit Levy, Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Sammy Smooha, professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa; Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Mina Tzemach, Center for Evaluation of Health Promotion Interventions at the University of Haifa.

The Pew Research Center also received very helpful comments on aspects of the survey questionnaire and portions of this report from Owen Alterman, research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies; Alexander Henley, American Druze Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University; and Eric M. Uslaner, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Fieldwork for the survey was carried out by Public Opinion and Marketing Research of Israel (PORI), under the direction of Itzik Rozenblum and Nirit Avnimelech.

While the analysis for this report was guided by our consultations with the advisers, Pew Research Center is solely responsible for the interpretation and reporting of the data.

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