Small and Intermediate Jewish Federations: Comparisons of Study Results from Local Community Studies

Sponsor(s): Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America

Principal Investigator(s): Sarah Dafilou, Chaim Adler

Key Findings:

The slides present a series of over 200 comparisons among communities served by Small and Intermediate Jewish Federations.  Prepared by the Berman Jewish DataBank, the slides summarize results from empirical studies conducted from 1993-2011 in more than 20 Jewish communities.  

For Small and Intermediate Federations that have conducted studies, the slides present context for understanding findings from their own studies.
For the majority of Small and Intermediate Federations that have not conducted studies, these slides do not replace a local study, but they do provide the range of results from other studies that may provide useful guidance in thinking about their own community.

The three slide sets review and compare data on:

(a) Social, Demographic and Economic Characteristics, including data on the number of Jews in each community, age and gender distributions, migration into the community and length of time in the community of Jewish households/respondents, plans to move, home ownership and home value, household income and poverty. (80 slides in deck).

(b) Jewish Connections,focusing on the multi-dimensional nature of connections to Jewish life in these local communities: respondent familiarity with the local Jewish Federation, donations to the Jewish federation, Jewish organizational connections (synagogue, JCC [Jewish community center] , other Jewish organizations), intermarriage and raising children Jewish, Jewish denominational identification, level of household connection to the Jewish community, Jewish and non-Jewish donations by Jewish households, motivation for Jewish donations, Israel connections, formal Jewish education of children and survey respondents, Jewish summer camp attendance, and volunteerism. (99 slides in deck).

(c) Human and Social Services Needs, presenting data  data about learning disabilities among children, Jewish household utilization of personal and marital/family counseling, vocational services use and level of familiarity with the local Jewish Family Services organization,  The largest section focuses on needs of the elderly -  with graphs comparing in-home health care, senior transportation, assisted living, home delivered meals, nursing home care and adult day care, familiarity with the local Jewish nursing home and the coordination of needed services for the elderly or the disabled (48 slides in deck).

Sample Notes:

Jewish Federations are categorized into four groups based on a combination of financial and population criteria.  The communities highlighted here are in the Small and Intermediate categories (the other two categories, not highlighted here, are Large-Intermediate and Large).  

Study Notes:

All comparisons in this report are based on data originally presented in Ira Sheskin, Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar ChartsNew York: Berman Jewish DataBank, 2015 which also includes data on larger Jewish Federation communities.

Language: English