About the Berman Jewish DataBank
The BERMAN JEWISH DATABANK @ THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA is the central online address for quantitative studies of North American Jews and Jewish communities. The DataBank offers open access to a wide range of national, local and topical studies – all including reports and many including data files. We proudly collaborate with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut in managing the DataBank’s operations. Our stakeholders include Jewish Federations and other Jewish communal organizations, researchers, educators and students, foundations and philanthropists, social change agents, the media, and interested individuals, and we produce and collect resources to serve them.
SUPPORT AND MANAGEMENT
The DataBank is supported by an endowment provided by the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation and by funding from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and is managed by JFNA. An Oversight Committee works with the DataBank's professional staff.
The DataBank's mission is two-fold:
- to acquire and archive materials from quantitative studies of North American Jews
- to encourage and aid the production and utilization of quantitative research on North American Jews among our stakeholders.
The DataBank acquires materials – including reports, slides, data files and methodological documentation – from organizations and communities that sponsor and commission studies, and from researchers who conduct and produce them. We extend our gratitude to the commissioning organizations and researchers whose cooperation in providing materials makes our work possible.
The DataBank proudly collaborates with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive (BJPA) at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut.
The DataBank and BJPA share online search and other functionality that enable users to access both collections from either website.
The UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life provides ongoing academic support, guidance and connections to the DataBank.
The North American Jewish Data Bank was founded in 1986 by the Council of Jewish Federations (now JFNA), the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and the Berman Foundation. For 27 years, the Berman Foundation funded the Data Bank through JFNA, with hosting and management contracted to City University (1986-2003), Brandeis University (2003-2004), and the University of Connecticut and its Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (2004-2013).
Barry Kosmin was the Founding Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank. Other Directors have included Egon Mayer z’l, Jim Schwartz and Mervin Verbit while the Data Bank was at the City University; Leonard Saxe at Brandeis University; and Arnold Dashefsky at the University of Connecticut.
In 2013, the Berman Foundation established an endowment at The Jewish Federations of North America to support JFNA hosting and management of the re-named Berman Jewish DataBank in perpetuity. As host and manager of the DataBank, JFNA maintains an online partnership with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and an academic partnership with the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut.
CONTACT THE DATABANK
Berman Jewish DataBank
The Jewish Federations of North America
Wall Street Station
P.O. Box 157
New York, NY 10268