A Study of Jewish Culture in the Bay Area, 2000

Sponsor(s): Institute for Jewish and Community Research

Principal Investigator(s): Gary A. Tobin

Study Dates: 1998 and July 18, 2000 - August 7, 2000

Key Findings:

Total of 1,446 mail and telephone interviews combined and weighted to produce the data file used in the report.  In 1998, mail survey of 1,276 Jewish respondents was conducted in the San Francisco Bay Area by Gary Tobin and was supplemented by Focus Groups and Content Analysis.  In 2000, additional telephone interviewing was conducted with 170 individuals in order to add an unaffiliated segment to the study.

Survey data, etc., explored Jewish Culture in the Bay Area, concluding that:

"To summarize the most important points of the report, Jews in the Bay Area believe that participating in Jewish culture is an important part of their Jewish identity. Over ninety percent of the respondents participate in some form of Jewish cultural activities. These include film, music, and lectures as the three most popular types of Jewish participation. Yet attending theatre, dance, and all other forms of Jewish culture are also important. Jews also participate in Jewish culture at home. Over seventy–five percent say that they read Jewish books, newspapers or magazines. Moreover, watching Jewish television programs and renting Jewish videos are also key venues for participating in Jewish culture. About 33% report using a computer for Jewish cultural participation. Just as importantly, 90% of the Jews in the Bay Area are interested in attending more Jewish cultural programs. They are most interested in film, art exhibits, and theatre. Both the current use and the potential use for involving Jews through Jewish cultural activities is enormous." 


1,276 mail survey respondents from a sample of DJNs (distinctive Jewish names) in the San Francisco Bay area in 1998.

Additional 170 telephone interviews conducted in 2000 to supplement the sample with additional unaffiliated Jews.

Data weighted and combined: N=1,446.

Sample Size: 1,446

Sample Notes:

Mail survey response rate was much higher -  23% -  than expected.

Non-probability, convenience sample.  

Methodological summary on pages 77-80 of the report notes the additional sampling and interviewing in 2000.

Language: English


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