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 Greater Indianapolis Jewish Population Study has been added to our archives - 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 has been added to the DataBank archives - Reports, Slide Sets and SPSS Data files.  This is the first random sample study of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area since 1994.

The 2017 Profile of Modern Orthodox Jews by Nishma Research has been added to the DataBank archives.  Internet survey of over 3,800 Modern Jewish Orthodox respondents. Reports 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 shows, questionnaire, methodology and SPSS DATA files are available.

The AJC 2017 Poll of American Jewish Opinion (reports, press release, frequencies, crosstabs, SPSS DATA files) have been posted and archived - September 2017.

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

Contemporary Jewry Special Issue on Local Jewish Community Studies

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

PRRI: 2017: America's Changing Religious Identity

Daniel Cox, Robert P. Jones | 2017

Priced Out: How Household Income and Jewish Connections Determine Who Can't Afford Jewish Day School

Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Chaim Adler | Berman Jewish DataBank , 2016

2016 Broward County (FL) Jewish Community Study

Ira M. Sheskin | Jewish Federation of Broward County , 2016