The 2002 Rhode Island Jewish Community Study

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Rhode Island

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: May 10-21, 2002

Population Estimates:

Jewish persons estimate for the State of Rhode Island in 2002 was 18,400 Jewish persons living in Jewish households, while another 4,600 non-Jewish persons lived in these households for a total of 23,000 people in 9,550 Jewish households.

• 18,400 Jewish persons estimate noted above excludes approximately 350 Jews living in institutions; at times, the total Jewish population is presented by Dr. Sheskin as 18,750, including these 350 institutionalized Jews.

• Another 2,200 Jewish students from outside of Rhode Island who live in college dormitories are NOT included in the published Jewish persons estimate - - see Table 3-1 where the total number of Jews including college students and institutionalized Jews is approximately 20,900.

• 1987 study comparison: 16,100 Jewish persons in 7,200 Jewish households.

Geographic analysis reflects Map on page 4-15 which provides a quick overview of the concentration of Jews in Providence, Pawtucket and the West Bay communities.



829 completed interviews: 306 via RDD interviewing (random digit dialing) and 523 from DJN frame (distinctive Jewish names). [See "Study Notes" below.]

Sampling frame designed to be representative of all Jewish households in the state; a Jewish household was defined as one that contained someone was born, raised or currently Jewish.

9% of all completed Jewish households were with a non-Jewish household member.

Sample Size: 829

Sample Notes:

Two sampling frames were used: random digit dialing (RDD) and households with a Distinctive Jewish Name (DJN) listed in the telephone directory.

RDD sampling frame includes 71 of all Rhode Island exchanges; 95% of Federation-listed households are in these collection of telephone exchange, so an adjustment was made in the estimation process for non-sampled exchanges.  See chapter 2, page 2-15 ff. for a discussion of Jewish computations computations.

Study Notes:

Data file is weighted  -  discussion in chapter 2 -  so that: (a) the DJN interviews are designed to be statistically equivalent to the RDD interviews, and (b) households with multiple phone lines are downwardly adjusted since they had a greater likelihood of inclusion (standard marketing research procedure) in the random sampling calls.


Data file has 829 interviews.

"Wf" is weight factor to be used for all analyses.

Because of down-weighting of interviews based on multiple phone lines, the "N" for the weighted variables ["Source"] is 721 -  256 RDD and 465 DJN

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