2013 Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts

Sponsor(s): Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, The Jewish Federations of North America

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: The Compendium compares Jewish communities based on results from studies completed from 1993-2011.

Key Findings:

This is the current version (as of June 2013) of Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts, updated with information from 2011 studies of New York, Cleveland and East Bay (CA).

Published by the North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut, the 2013 version is based on local Jewish community studies archived at the NAJDB (now the Berman Jewish DataBank). The tables and charts in the Compendium were compiled and organized by Dr. Ira M. Sheskin and the volume was edited by Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz.

The Compendium is designed to be an easily accessible source of tables and charts which provide comparative information on American Jewish communities.

The Compendium series contains 36 sections covering an extensive range of information on Jewish communities.  See the Download section on the right.

A combined Adobe Acrobat Portfolio is the first listed file available to be downloaded; each of the 36 sections is separated in the folio, but all sections are downloaded at once in a file of approximately 24 MB.

The detailed "Combined Table of Contents for All Reports in the Comparison Series" is also available - it lists the title and page for every table and bar chart within each of the 36 sections (just under 2 MB), but does not include any data.  The Table of Contents can be downloaded separately, but it is also included in the Portfolio, as the second file, after the Cover file.

Listed separately are the 36 individual sections of  the Compendium (with data comparisons included) -  each of the sections can be downloaded separately for users who do not want or need the combined Portfolio (each is 1.5 to 2.5 MB).

The Portfolio design allows for all files to be downloaded at once, with the user then able to select only those files they want to use at any time; any and all of the separate sections can be extracted in the future after the one-time downloading of the Portfolio.

The default view of files in the Portfolio is the "Layout" view.  Users can "run" their cursor over each of the files in the Portfolio to see the complete title.  (Users who want to view a more traditional file listing should click on the "Files" view button located near the top of the Portfolio PDF.).

Please note, again, that the updated 2013 Compendium includes results from the Jewish Community Study of New York 2011, the 2011 Greater Cleveland Jewish Population Study, and the East Bay (CA) Jewish Community Study 2011. The earlier 2012 version of the Compendium, with data from the 2002 study of New York and the 1996 study of Cleveland, is also available at the DataBank.

 

 

Study Notes:

The series editor for Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts is Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Senior Director, Research & Analysis, The Jewish Federations of North America.

Special credit for the Comparison series should be given to Sarai Brachman Shoup, the lead professional at the Berman Foundation, who played a central role in the conception and funding of the project.

In addition, the Data Bank would like to acknowledge the devoted assistance provided to Dr. Sheskin by his research assistants, Sarah Markowitz and Roberta Pakowitz.

Finally, we wish to similarly acknowledge the critical assistance provided to Dr. Arnold Dashefsky, the Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank, by his Program Assistant, Lorri LaFontaine and by Carla Willey, the graphic designer who created the Comparison Series cover pages.

Please note that the 2012 Compendium version of Jewish community comparisons updates the earlier publication by Dr. Sheskin: How Jewish Communities Differ: Variations in the Findings of Local Jewish Population Studies (PDF), which was published by the Data Bank in 2001.

The 2001 publication compares Jewish population study results from essentially the 1980s through 1999.

Language: English


Downloads

Survey Reports

» Portfolio of all sections: Comparisons of Jewish Communities 2013
(PDF, 29.23 Mb)

» 2013 Table of Contents
(PDF)

» Section 1 Methodology
(PDF)

» Section 2 Population Size
(PDF)

» Section 3 Ethnicity
(PDF)

» Section 4 Part-Year Households
(PDF)

» Section 5 Migration
(PDF)

» Section 6 Age
(PDF)

» Section 7 Household Size and Structure
(PDF)

» Section 8 Martial Status, Secular Education and Employmnet Status
(PDF)

» Section 9 Economic Factors
(PDF)

» Section 10 Jewish Identififcation
(PDF)

» Section 11 Religious Practices and Synagogue Attendance
(PDF)

» Section 12 Intermarriage
(PDF)

» Section 13 Synagogue Membership
(PDF)

» Section 14 JCC Membership
(PDF)

» Section 15 Jewish Organization Membership
(PDF)

» Section 16 Jewish Education of Adults
(PDF)

» Section 17 Preschool
(PDF)

» Section 18 Jewish Day School
(PDF)

» Section 19 Jewish Education of Children
(PDF)

» Section 20 Jewish Children Who Have Ever Attended Formal Jewish Education
(PDF)

» Section 21 Informal Jewish Education of Children
(PDF)

» Section 22 Jewish Agencies
(PDF)

» Section 23 Health Limitations
(PDF)

» Section 24 General Social Service Needs
(PDF)

» Section 25 Social Service Needs of the Elderly
(PDF)

» Section 26 Israel
(PDF)

» Section 27 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
(PDF)

» Section 28 The Media
(PDF)

» Section 29 Donations to Jewish Federations
(PDF)

» Section 30 Donations to Jewish and Non-Jewish Charities
(PDF)

» Section 31 Wills
(PDF)

» Section 32 Volunteerism
(PDF)

» Section 33 Reasons for Donating to Jewish Organizations
(PDF)

» Section 34 Jewish Federation Solicitation Strategies
(PDF)

» Section 35 Political Behavior
(PDF)

» Section 36 Summary Measures
(PDF)

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