Survey of Cleveland's Jewish Population Fifty and Older

Sponsor(s): Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Principal Investigator(s): Ann G. Schoor, Karen Rutman

Study Dates: 1985. Two reports on Jewish households with a member at least age 50. First report summarizes demographics, while second summarizes Jewish identification variables.

Population Estimates: No overall Jewish population estimate produced; 1981 estimate used as the basis of all estimates of the number of Jewish households with a member age 50 or over.
Key Findings:

  • Report notes that analysis of 1981 data showed that 90% of all Cleveland Jews ages 50-74 and 70% of those 75 and older were on the Federation List - although those not on the Federation list tended to be more alienated from Jewish life, more likely to be intermarried, poorer than those on the List since "until a few years ago" the List was only kept for fund-raising purposes.

  • Returned questionnaires also were less likely to be completed by Russian-speaking households, even though almost all were on the 1985 List.

  • Report estimates a total of 12,200 Jews ages 50-74 and 4,800 ages 75 and over.

  • First Report on Cleveland's Jewish Population ages 50 and over focused on place of birth, mobility and housing, health status (42% of men 65 and over report some heart disease),location of grown children who had moved away from Cleveland, preferences for Jewish services sponsorship, as well as other basic demographic variables: employment status, income, education, health insurance, etc.

  • Data on reactions to possible planning campus living arrangements for older Jews is also included in the "Jewish Population" report.

  • Second report focuses on "Jewish Identity" variables, using the same interviews. Congregational affiliation, denominational preference, and intermarriage issues are addressed.
Sample: 603 completed interviews with Jewish households with at least one Jewish member age 50 and over.

Sample Size: 603 completed mail questionnaires (80%) of the mailed total.

Random sample telephone calls from Federation List to identify Jewish HH with a member age 50 or older. Questionnaires mailed after phone conversation.

Sample Notes: Two reports issued on 1985 study data: Report #5 in the population research series focuses on "Cleveland's Jewish Population Fifty and Older." Report #6 focused on the "Jewish Identity" of this population.

No data file. No Sample disposition included in reports. Data does not seem to have been weighted for the report.