"We are similar in that we're different": Social Relationships of Young Russian Jewish Immigrants in Israel and Germany
Topics: Interviews, Russian-Speaking Jews, Immigration, Aliyah, Acculturation, Integration, Russian Emigration, Friendship, Main Topic: Other
Abstract: The data used in this study was collected for the project titled 'Russian Jewish Immigration in Jerusalem and Berlin: A Comparison.' The project focuses on the process of social integration of young Russian Jews who emigrated to Israel and Germany and had resided in the new society for roughly five to six years at the time of the interview (1995/1996). The interview subjects were 38 young Russian Jews in Jerusalem, whose mean age was 24 years, and 46 in Berlin, with a mean age of 22.6 years. The interviews in Israel were conducted exclusively with university students, while the Berlin group consisted of 35 university students and 11 individuals preparing to enter the university or other educational institutions. The central question of this study can be summarized as follows: Do the different approaches to Russian Jewish emigrants taken by Israel and Germany - approaches which are historically, politically, and culturally distinct - have diverging effects on the process of integration, and thus on the immigrants' future perspectives in the new society? In this paper, we have dealt only with a part of this question, namely social relations between emigrants and native residents.
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