NJPS 2000-01 is intended to provide a comprehensive social
and demographic portrait of the American Jewish population.
The data are designed to help understand contemporary Jewish
life and to be used for communal planning, policy making,
financial resource allocation, Jewish education, and
To meet the need for new information a decade later, The Jewish Federations of North America sponsored NJPS 2000-01. Their Research Department directed the study with the assistance of the NJPS National Technical Advisory Committee, a distinguished group of researchers, statisticians, demographers and federation professionals.
QuestionnaireThe NJPS 2000-01 questionnaire was prepared with input from research scholars and communal professionals. The questions were generally more detailed than the parallel items in NJPS 1990. The survey was designed to gather information about the size, geographic distribution and socio-economic characteristics of the Jewish population. In addition, the survey includes questions about family structure, fertility and marital history, intermarriage, Jewish identification, religious practices, Jewish education, synagogue affiliation, philanthropic behavior, social service needs, and relationship to Israel.
MethodologyNJPS 2000-01 was administered between August 2000 and August 2001 by telephone. Random digit dialing techniques were employed based on a sample frame of U.S. residential phone numbers, oversampling areas of high Jewish population density. The initial sample included more than 1.2 million phone numbers. Eventually about 180,000 households were reached. Interviews were completed with about 4,500 Jewish adults, age 18 and older, residing in the 50 United States. In addition, approximately 650 "people with Jewish background" (PJB) were interviewed using a shorter version of the NJPS questionnaire and 4,000 non-Jews were interviewed as part of the National Survey of Religion and Ethnicity (NSRE) 2000 to enable researchers to compare Jews with non-Jews.
The NJPS Screener included four questions and these were
used to classify respondents as Jewish, PJB or non-Jewish:
The United Jewish Communities Report on the National Jewish
Population Survey 2000-01 indicates "....in cooperation with
The Mandell L. Berman Institute - North American Jewish Data
Bank." This statement reflects implementation of a
contractual agreement executed in the 1990's between the
Council of Jewish Federations and Mandell Berman, on behalf
of the then Data Bank previous academic partner, City University of
New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. The Jewish Federations of North America's current Data Bank
partner, University of Connecticut, had no role in the design and
execution of NJPS, or in the development and writing of the
Mandell L. Berman Institute North American Jewish Data Bank
Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut
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