The 2007 San Antonio Jewish Community Study

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of San Antonio

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: January 2007

Population Estimates:

9,100 Jewish persons live in 4,500 Jewish households in San Antonio (Bexar County). An additional 2,100 non-Jewish persons reside in these Jewish households.

Key Findings:

Key Findings:


Jewish households represent just under 1% of all households in the Study area.

The Jewish community has strong local ties: 62% of adults in Jewish households have lived in the area for at least twenty years. But, only 21% of all adults were born in San Antonio.

75% of Jewish households are on the Federation List.

In-migration of Jews has been minimal in the years preceding the survey; indicating that community has either been stable in the number of Jewish persons/households or has declined slightly.

The San Antonio Jewish community is older than national Jewish population: median age is 50, compared to US Jewish median age of 39; 24% of adults in Jewish households are 65 or older, compared to 16% of Jews nationally.

21% of seniors live alone, a below average percentage compared to other Jewish communities.

While 24% of adults are at least age 65, 21% of people in San Antonio Jewish households are children ages 17 and under.

Financial insecurity and affluence both exist, but the community is relatively affluent: only 8% of households have annual incomes below $25,000, while 43% report incomes of at least $100,000;

Jewish connections are moderately strong: 52% of Jewish households are synagogue-affiliated; 53% report donating to the Jewish Federation and a total of 68% report some Jewish charitable donations.

Levels of Jewish practice are also relatively high for Passover and Chanukah: 69% always/usually attend a Seder, 70% always/usually light Chanukah candles.

In contrast, 20% always/usually light Shabbat candles, 10% keep kosher, and 18% always/usually have a Christmas tree at home.

37% of currently married Jewish couples are intermarried.

The percentage in intermarried Jewish households being raised Jewish is 39%, while 25% are being raised "part Jewish," and 34% are not being raised as Jews.

Jewish education among children being raised Jewish is moderate: 21% of Jewish children ages 5-17 are currently enrolled in Jewish Day Schools, while another 56% are currently enrolled in synagogue schools, and many of the older teens have had supplementary Jewish education in the past;

42% of Jewish households report that at least one member has visited Israel; 23% of Jewish respondents feel extremely attached emotionally to Israel, and another 32% feel very attached.


Jewish households in San Antonio (Bexar County). Maps in Reports.

Sample Size: 675 completed Jewish household interviews in January 2007; 290 from a Random Digit Dialed Sample (RDD) and 385 interviews from a Distinctive Jewish Name sample (DJN).

Sample Notes:

Telephone survey covered only Bexar County. Estimate of 1,000 Jews in surrounding counties is based on a less reliable DJN analysis (without phone calls to determine Jewish status).

Total telephone numbers called: 41.500 in RDD frame. Telephone exchanges included in the RDD calls were reduced after previous calls resulted in Jewish incidence too low to continue interviewing in those exchanges.

Data file should be analyzed with weight factor "WF." Weighted N using "WF" is 641. Weighting factor adjusts for geographic/exchange oversampling in the RDD interviews, and is also designed to make the DJN interviews resemble RDD interviews in order to "reduce the bias potentially caused by using a DJN sampling frame."

Additional weights in data file created by Dr. Sheskin (see SPSS SYNTAX for sample sizes and projections for details).

"WFHH" extrapolates data to Jewish household estimate of 4,500 (data file precise 4,498)


Since the prior study of the San Antonio Jewish community in 1990 did not provide a Jewish population estimate, Dr. Sheskin attempted to provide a comparative base for the 2007 telephone survey results by analyzing DJN names in directories in 2000 and in 2007.

Please note that all DJN counts and estimates for 2000, and DJN counts in 2007 for areas outside Bexar County in 2007, are based only on calculations using Jewish surname counts, and do not involve interviews to assess actual Jewish identity.

Study Notes:

Slide Sets by Chapter and by Public Presentations.

• A series of slides which are organized by the chapters of the Main Report have been zipped and are available as the first download under Slide Sets.  These slides are unique by chapter. .

• The Community-wide Public Presentation slide set used by Dr. Sheskin in his initial "rollout" of the survey results is the next available download.  These slides tend to follow the chapter-by-chapter slide order, but represent a comprehensive summary of survey results.

• Seven additional public presentation slide sets have been zipped into the final set of slides; they are labeled by audience (JCC, Federation Board, etc.).

CAUTION: please note that many of the slides in each of the seven additional public presentations repeat slides in the community-wide presentations (and in other presentations), although they also include slides only relevant to the specific audience/organization.  Given the number of slides in these presentations (160-250 often), DataBank users should review before printing all slides from all presentations.

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