About the Berman Jewish DataBank



The BERMAN JEWISH DATABANK @ THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA acquires, archives and provides open access to quantitative studies and related materials on North American Jews and Jewish communities; promotes use of its resources by its stakeholders; and encourages transparency in the public release and reporting of research on North American Jewry.



The DataBank is supported by an endowment from the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation and by additional funding from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and is managed by JFNA.  

The DataBank proudly collaborates with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut in managing the DataBank’s operations.  The DataBank and BJPA share online search and other functionality that enable users to access both collections from either website. The UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life provides ongoing academic support and connections to the DataBank.

An Oversight Committee provides guidance to the DataBank's professional staff.  

The DataBank acquires materials from organizations and communities that sponsor and commission studies, and from researchers who conduct and produce them. We extend our gratitude to the commissioning organizations and researchers whose cooperation in providing materials makes our work possible.



DataBank stakeholders include data producers and data consumers.  The DataBank views its stakeholders as Jewish Federations and other Jewish communal and non-profit organizations; researchers and commissioning organizations; educators and students; foundations and philanthropists; community organizers and social change agents; traditional and new media; and interested individuals.



To help fulfill its mission, the DataBank has adopted operating policies on acquisitions; open-access and stakeholder support; transparency in the public release and reporting of research; non-advocacy; and digital preservation.



The North American Jewish Data Bank was founded in 1986 by the Council of Jewish Federations (now JFNA), the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and the Berman Foundation. For 27 years, the Berman Foundation funded the DataBank through JFNA, with hosting and management contracted to City University (1986-2003), Brandeis University (2003-2004), and the University of Connecticut and its Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (2004-2013).

Barry Kosmin was the Founding Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank. Other Directors have included Egon Mayer z’l, Jim Schwartz and Mervin Verbit while the DataBank was at the City University; Leonard Saxe at Brandeis University; and Arnold Dashefsky at the University of Connecticut.

In 2013, the Berman Foundation established an endowment at The Jewish Federations of North America to support JFNA hosting and management of the re-named Berman Jewish DataBank in perpetuity.  



Berman Jewish DataBank
The Jewish Federations of North America
Wall Street Station
P.O. Box 157
New York, NY 10268