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Life Satisfaction and English Speaking Olim – Aliyah Survey 2017

A research project between The University of Haifa and the Anglo-List . – Cheryl Zlotnick, RN DrPH, Laura Dryjanska, PhD & Suzanne Suckerman

A detailed survey comprising of 50 questions on various aspects of Aliyah and life satisfaction in Israel, was published on the Anglo-List and the participation of olim was requested.  The survey was promoted via the website and via social media.  The data was gathered, analyzed and prepared.  The paper has since been published.

Zlotnick C, Dryjanska L, & Suckerman S. (2020).  The Association Between Acculturation Variables and Life Satisfaction Among Israeli Immigrants from Four English-Speaking Countries. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(4):1437-1444.  DOI: 1007/s10902-019-00137-3 

The preliminary findings were made available and included origin, age and gender demographics as follows:

Country of Origin

Age Demographic

  • 25% between the ages of 18 – 39
  • 53% between the ages of 40 – 64
  • 22% were 65 or older

Gender Demographic

  • 74% of respondents were women
  • 26% of respondents were men

In the survey respondents were asked a number of questions on different aspects of life satisfaction including and amongst others:

  • Ranking their Hebrew abilities in various situations
  • Life expectations
  • Self identity and Jewish identity

Further analysis continued and then, on December 18th, 2017, some of the findings were presented to the public in the form of a panel discussion at The University of Haifa, Campus HaNamal, with expert discussants, representatives of Aliyah offices and members of the general public.

Prof. Cheryl Zlotnick, RN DrPH, from The University of Haifa, supervised the research and her presentation for the evening, is published below.  Dr. Laura Dryjanska, who is now an Assistant Professor at Biola University and residing in the USA, participated via Skype.

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Preliminary Results

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Photographs from the presentation

Aliyah survey evening
 From left to right: Prof. Cheryl Zlotnick – University of Haifa, Suzanne Suckerman – Anglo-List, Dr. Adina Schwartz – Nefesh B’Nefesh, Dorron Kline – Telfed, Yanina Musnikow – AACI and Skyped in from the USA, Dr. Laura Dryjanska – Biola University

Members of the audience included: Aliyah volunteer – Gershom Lichtenberg, Yisrael Kohn -Project Manager Jerusalem Olim Department, Elisheva Ackerson -Project Manager Ramat Gan Olim Department, Tzippi Openehimer – Project Manager, Nefesh B’Nefesh Go North, the Lever brothers on an Aliyah pilot trip from South Africa, members of the Oleh community from Haifa and the North – vatikim and new olim from different countries.


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