This survey confirms what has been known for several decades as to the motivations of young people in affiliating with Jewish youth organizations. At the top of the list is the desire to participate in activities with their friends, to meet other Jewish youth, to enjoy social and other recreational activities, and to have fun. Motivations considered least important in joining are opportunities to serve Jews in their own communities, elsewhere in North America, in Israel and other places abroad, religious, and education activities.

Dr. Fred Massarik and Dr. Max F. Baer, BBYO Leadership Study, Phase 1 (Washington, DC: B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, 1971), 25.

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