Now you are generalising.... I grew up in Holland and lived in Paris for many years and I know many European "kids" (now adults) from Jewish descent who are totally disconnected from Judaism. Then I lived in Israel for over 17 years and was converted there by the Orthodox Court against the advise of (and being declared crazy by)all my Israeli friends with the exception of one or two. For the most part they are very secular. I always say " I needed to come to Israel to become a Jew, but I needed to live in the US to become Jewish". I have learned more about Jewish Tradition in 5 years in the US than in 17 years living in Israel. But I am sure there are many who have had the opposite experience....It all depends on your particular environment and your inner drive / need to be Jewish.
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