Welcome to the Berman Jewish DataBank

The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America offers open access to hundreds of quantitative studies of North American Jewry. We proudly partner with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn. Our stakeholders include Jewish Federations and communal organizations, researchers, educators and students, foundations and philanthropists, social change agents, the media, and interested individuals.

Special Announcement

The 2017 Bay Area Portrait of Jewish Life and Jewish Communities has been added to the DataBank archives. The online survey of the San Francisco Bay Area (which included a probability-based mail-to-web sampling frame) collected data from more than 3,000 respondents from 10 counties -- Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

Professor Steven M. Cohen and Dr. Jacob B. "Jack" Ukeles served as principal investigators for the survey.  The Highlights report, overview slides and the methodology report are available. 

The 2017 Greater Indianapolis Jewish Population Study is the first study of a Jewish community in Indiana to be available at the Berman Jewish DataBank. Reports, slide sets, questionnaire and SPSS data files are available.

The 2017 Pinelllas-Pasco Counties (FL) Jewish Population Study is the first random sample survey of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area since 1994. Reports, slide sets and SPSS data files are available.

The 2017 Omaha, NE Jewish community study - A Portrait of Jewish Omaha. The study was the first RDD-based study of the community ever!  Reports, slide sets, questionnaire, methodology and SPSS data files are available.

Featured Study

2017 Indianapolis Jewish Population Survey

Ira M. Sheskin | Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis , 2017

The 2017 Indianapolis Jewish Population study is the first random sample survey ever of the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community.  Indeed, it is the first study of any Jewish community in Indiana archived at the Berman Jewish DataBank.

Reports, slide shows, methodology report/questionnaire, and DATA files are available.

Population Estimates

♦ The Greater Indianapolis 2017 Jewish community includes 23,500 people who live in 8,500 Jewish households. Of the 23,500 people in Jewish HH, 17,900 (76%) are Jewish.

♦ Jewish households comprise 1.7%% of all households in Greater Indianapolis.

♦ Dr. Sheskin estimates (using comparative counts of distinctive Jewish names -DJNs - from household directories) that the number of Jewish HH has increased since 2010 by about 500, and the number of Jewish persons has increased by 1,100.

♦ Topics covered in the survey and summarized in study reports and slides - in addition to Jewish population estimates - include geographic profile, migration, age distribution, household size and structure, marital...


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New and Noteworthy

2017 Pinellas and Pasco (FL) Jewish Population Study: A Portrait of the Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Community

Ira M. Sheskin | Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, FL , 2017

Contemporary Jewry Special Issue on Local Jewish Community Studies

Harriet Hartman | Assocation for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Springer Netherlands , 2016

United States Jewish Population, 2016 (Sheskin, Dashefsky - American Jewish Year Book)

Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky | American Jewish Year Book, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford, University of Connecticut - Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Miami - Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies , 2016

AJC 2017 Poll: Survey of American Jewish Opinion

SSRS Social Science Research Solutions | American Jewish Committee (AJC) , 2017