Comparisons of Jewish Communities - 2015 - 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

Key Findings:

The 2015 update of the Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts was prepared by Dr. Ira M. Sheskin for the Berman Jewish DataBank, under a grant provided by the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation and with support from The Jewish Federations of North America.

The Berman Jewish DataBank envisions the Compendium as a single source of tables and bar charts on over 50 US Jewish communities which provides a comparative context for understanding American Jewish communal life;  it is designed to be used by members of local communities and by researchers, teachers and students of American Jewry.

The 36 data sections in the Compendium include analyses of Jewish Identification; Intermarriage; Religious Practices; Synagogue and JCC Membership; Jewish Education of Children;  Summer Camps and Youth Groups; Israel; Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; Donations to Jewish and Non-Jewish Charities.

Other sections focus on demographic issues: Jewish Population Size and Geographic Distribution; Ethnicity and LGBT; Age; Household Size and Structure; Social Service Needs; Education, Employment and Economics; and Marital Status.

Downloading options:

(A)  Each of the 36 data Sections (01 through 36) of the 2015 Compendium is available as a stand-alone PDF, downloadable on the right side of this Overview page (each is 1.5MB to 2.5 MB).  A Combined Table of Contents (section 00) of all 36 data sections is also available; it lists the title and page for every table and bar chart within each of the 36 data sections, but does not include any data.  DataBank users can select which sections they wish to download to their computers.

(B)  Alternatively (or in addition), DataBank users can download a combined PDF (“Combined Portfolio of All Sections”) with all 36 data sectionsIt is approximately 61 MB.

The detailed "Combined Table of Contents for All Reports in the Comparison Series" (section "00") is also included in the Portfolio as the first file - as are all 36 data sections.

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.

(B1) The default view of files in the Portfolio is the "Layout" view.  Users can use the "arrow" on the right side" to see the complete title of all 36 plus files in the Portfolio. 

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 and get a traditional format of file name, display name and on the far right, size of the file)

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The comparison tables and bar charts are based on local Jewish community studies archived at the DataBank (www.jewishdatabank.org). The Data Bank holds reports,questionnaires, methodological documentation and information about sponsoring organizations and researchers for each study in the compendium.

Following social science convention, the year of each community study reflects when the survey interviews were completed, which may differ from the year the study report was issued.

From time to time, the compendium is updated with information from new local Jewish community studies.

Note that this edition of Comparisons of Jewish Communities..2015 (Current Jewish Population Report #12: 2015) is an updated version of the most comparison compilations released in 2012 (Report #5), and 2013 (Report #8), as well as the first comparison publication for the DataBank by Dr. Sheskin: How Jewish Communities Differ: Variations in the Findings of Local Jewish Population Studies (PDF), a printed monograph which was published by the Data Bank in 2001 and compares Jewish population study results from essentially the 1980s through 1999.

Links to the earlier 2012 and 2013 Comparison Compendiums (as well as the 2001 report) are available on the left side of this page.

The 2015 Compendium ...updates the 2013 publication by replacing the Columbus 2001 results with 2013 results, the Miami 2004 results with 2014 results, and the St. Louis 1995 results with 2014 results.

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The compendium also includes information from the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 (NJPS, www.jewishdatabank.org/NJPS2000.asp) and the US Census Bureau’s Decennial Census and American Community Survey (ACS, www.census.gov/acs/www/).

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.  Dr. Kotler-Berkowitz is also the Director of the Berman Jewish DataBank at The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

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 in earlier versions of the Compendium (2013 especially) by Dr. Arnold Dashefsky, the Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank when the DataBank was administered through the University of  Connecticut, his Program Assistant, Lorri LaFontaine and by Carla Willey, the graphic designer who created the initial Comparison Series cover pages.

 

Language: English


Downloads

Survey Reports

» Comparisons of Jewish Communities: Compendium 2015_COMBINED PORTFOLIO OF ALL SECTIONS
(PDF, 61.21 Mb)

» Table of Contents, 2015 (section 00)
(PDF)

» Methodology, 2015 (section 01)
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» Population Size and Geographic Distribution, 2015 (section 02)
(PDF)

» Ethnicity and LGBT, 2015 (section 03)
(PDF)

» Part-Year Households, 2015 (section 04)
(PDF)

» Migration, 2015 (section 05)
(PDF)

» Age, 2015 (section 06)
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» Household Size and Structure, 2015 (section 07)
(PDF)

» Marital Status, Secular Education, Employment Status, 2015 (section 08)
(PDF)

» Economic Factors, 2015 (section 09)
(PDF)

» Jewish Identification, 2015 (section 10)
(PDF)

» Religious Practices and Synagogue Attendance, 2015 (section 11)
(PDF)

» Intermarriage, 2015 (section 12)
(PDF)

» Synagogue Membership, 2015 (section 13)
(PDF)

» JCC Membership, 2015 (section 14)
(PDF)

» Jewish Organization Membership, 2015 (section 15)
(PDF)

» Jewish Education of Adults, 2015 (section 16)
(PDF)

» Preschool, 2015 (section 17)
(PDF)

» Jewish Day School, 2015 (section 18)
(PDF)

» Curent Jewish Education of Children, 2015 (section 19)
(PDF)

» Jewish Children Who Ever Attended Formal Jewish Education, 2015 (section 20)
(PDF)

» Informal Jewish Education of Children, Camp, Youth Group, 2015 (section 21)
(PDF)

» Jewish Agencies, 2015 (section 22)
(PDF)

» Health Limitations, 2015 (section 23)
(PDF)

» General Social Service Needs, 2015 (section 24)
(PDF)

» Social Service Needs Elderly, 2015 (section 25)
(PDF)

» Israel, 2015 (section 26)
(PDF)

» AntiSemitism and the Holocaust, 2015 (section 27)
(PDF)

» The Media, 2015 (section 28)
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» Donations to Jewish Federation, 2015 (section 29)
(PDF)

» Donations to Jewish and non-Jewish Charities, 2015 (section 30)
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» Wills, 2015 (section 31)
(PDF)

» Volunteerism, 2015 (section 32)
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» Reasons for Donation to Jewish Organization, 2015 (section 33)
(PDF)

» Jewish Federation Solicitation Strategies, 2015 (section 34)
(PDF)

» Political Behavior, 2015 (section 35)
(PDF)

» Summary Measures, 2015 (section 36)
(PDF)

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