The Analytic Strategy
We assess the impact of Habonim Dror in two ways.
First, where possible, we compare the Habos’ responses with those of (moderately) comparable samples of American Jews from other studies. If, for example, the Habonim Dror respondents far more often identify as liberals or Democrats than American Jews generally, we have presumptive (albeit, imperfect) evidence that Habonim Dror served to produce more politically progressive alumni, or more modestly, that it worked to recruit people from politically progressive families, neighborhoods and peer groups.
Second, we compare “light” and “heavy” Habonim users, as noted above. If Habonim Dror exerted a long-lasting impact, then those who received more exposure to Habonim Dror stimuli and socialization should look different from those with very modest engagement with Habonim Dror contexts, activities, and people.
In addition, to provide greater insight and lend greater richness to our quantitative results, we present selections from the respondents’ verbatim comments. These serve to underscore and refine our principal findings.