Jewish Community Study Data Relevant to Jewish Education: 2008 Summary

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Notes: These slides were presented to the Association of Directors of Central Agencies for Jewish Education in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February 2008. The purpose of this two-hour session was to familiarize the directors with the types of data available from Jewish demographic studies that have implications for Jewish education.

While comparisons are made for many variables among as many as 50 different Jewish communities, Miami, Minneapolis, St. Paul, South Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach provide many of the examples used in the presentation since they are all recent studies and the directors of the Jewish education agency from each of those communities were in attendance.

Please note that the final 9 slides summarize some of the most important findings about Jewish education.

The slides emphasize issues related to:

  • The number of children in Jewish communities

  • Relevant demographics on children in Jewish households

  • Survey respondent familiarity with and perception of Jewish education agencies and Jewish day schools

  • Levels of Jewish education - both formal and informal - of both adults and children.


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