The 2003 Greater Washington DC Jewish Community Study

Sponsor(s): Charles I. And Mary Kaplan Family Foundation

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: December 10, 2002-January 22, 2003

Population Estimates:

215,000 Jewish persons live in 110,000 Jewish households. Including non-Jewish adults and children, 267,800 people reside in these households.

An additional 600 Jews are estimated to live in group quarters, such as nursing homes, and were not reachabl

Key Findings:

In 1983, 182,700 Jewish persons lived in the area; 37% increase in number of Jews.


Adult Jewish Households in the Washington, D.C. area: Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, MD; Washington, DC; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William Counties, VA; the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, VA

Sample Size: 1,201. Two sampling frames were used: random digit dialing (RDD), and a list of Distinctive Jewish Names (DJN) from the telephone book. Of the completed interviews, 400 cases came from the RDD frame, and 801 cases from the DJN frame.

Sample Notes:

Data are weighted - (1) "WF" weight factor adjusts DJN interviews to resemble RDD interviews, and adjusts for multiple telephone household interviews; reduces N to 1,142. (2) Weight factor "WFHH" projects data to Jewish households: N=109,979 precisely.

Methodological details in the Main Report.

A Jewish household was defined as one that contained someone who was born, raised, or is currently Jewish. Summary Report and Main Report both describe definitions used in the study.

Study Notes:

In May of 2006, researchers attempted to contact all of the original 1,201 respondents to the 2003 Washington Jewish Community Study. 568 new interviews were completed. A very distinctive advertising campaign had been completed just prior to the survey. The purpose of this survey was to assess the impact of this campaign on the awareness and perception of the Jewish Federation. Only the questionnaire is available to researchers and others at this time. On January 1, 2010, the data and the report will become available. Prior to that date, any researcher desiring either the data or the report will need written permission from both Ira Sheskin ( and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (

Language: English


Survey Reports

» Main Report

» Major Themes Report

» Summary Report

» Maps

Slide Sets

» Slide Set D - Chap 14-End

» Slide Set A - Chap 1-5

» Slide Set C - Chap 9-13

» Slide Set B - Chap 6-8

Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

» 2003 Questionnaire

» Questionnaire from 2006 Update

Data Files and Data Definitions

» Zipped SPSS Data File & Syntax

Other Documentation

» Survey Completed: Article 6

» Survey Completed: Article 5

» Survey Completed: Article 4

» Survey Completed: Article 3

» Survey Completed: Article 2

» Survey Completed: Article 1

» Presentation Schedule

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