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The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America offers open access to hundreds of quantitative studies of North American Jewry. We proudly partner with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn. Our stakeholders include Jewish Federations and communal organizations, researchers, educators and students, foundations and philanthropists, social change agents, the media, and interested individuals.

Featured Study

Priced Out: How Household Income and Jewish Connections Determine Who Can't Afford Jewish Day School

Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Chaim Adler | Berman Jewish DataBank , 2016

Income is an important factor in whether parents feel they can afford Jewish day school for their children.  Not surprisingly, the less income people have, the more likely they are to say that financial costs have prevented them from sending a child to day school.

But income does not by itself shape whether people feel day school is unaffordable.  Jewish connections affect the relationship between income and whether parents say they are priced out of day school.  In general, the more Jewish connections people have, the smaller role income plays in their assessments that day school is unaffordable. The fewer Jewish connections people have, the more prominent income is in determining whether day school is beyond their means.

These findings emerge from a Berman Jewish DataBank analysis of 11 local Jewish community studies conducted between 2002 and 2014, all of them part of the DataBank’s holdings.

To explain the findings, we surmise that people with more Jewish connections are also more likely to consider and value a day school education for their children. Therefore, they reduce the role of income in their decision-making, or...


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New and Noteworthy

2013 Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews: A Portrait of Jewish Americans

Luis Lugo, Alan Cooperman, Gregory A. Smith | PEW Research Center , 2013

Priced Out: How Household Income and Jewish Connections Determine Who Can't Afford Jewish Day School

Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Chaim Adler | Berman Jewish DataBank , 2016

Jewish Population in Canada, 2015

Charles Shahar | American Jewish Year Book, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford, Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, University of Connecticut - Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Miami - Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies , 2015

AJC 2015 Survey of American Jews

American Jewish Committee (AJC) , 2015