Berman Jewish DataBank Brief - Berman Jewish DataBank Enhances Collection With New Materials on Diverse Topics - June 20, 2014

Sponsor(s): Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America

Study Dates: June 20, 2014

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Berman Jewish DataBank enhances collection with new materials on diverse topics

June 20, 2014


The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America continues to enhance its collection, adding a variety of new reports and study materials in recent weeks.  The additions include:

A report on the effects of the Great Recession in the Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland Jewish communities.  The study shows a substantial number of Jewish households suffered a decline in economic status, lost jobs and income, faced financial constraints on their communal participation, and came out of the recession just managing or unable to make ends meet.  It also finds that Jewish households with low levels of education, single parents, and divorced, separated and widowed respondents fared the worst during the economic downturn. Report author Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, the DataBank Director, analyzed data from Jewish community studies commissioned by the Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland Jewish Federations and archived at the DataBank along with over 200 other local Jewish community studies.


The first 12 reports in a multi-stage report series on the Canadian Jewish community.  The reports, which are based on the 2011 Canadian National Household Survey conducted by Statistics Canada,  cover the national Canadian Jewish population and Jewish communities in major metropolitan areas such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.  Each of the reports contains basic demographic information and many also include detailed geographic information.  Charles Shahar, a researcher at the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, is the lead author of the reports, which were commissioned by the Jewish Federations of Canada –UIA in conjunction with individual Canadian Jewish Federations.   Additional reports on seniors, the economically vulnerable, families, immigration, language, intermarriage, Sephardim, and Holocaust survivors will be issued over the next year.


Materials from Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food and Environmental Education (JOFEE).  The study describes immersive JOFEE programs, participants, and professionals; attempts to understand the impact of JOFEE programs on participating individuals and communities; and explores opportunities and challenges for JOFEE going forward.  The project, the first to focus specifically on this topic,  was sponsored by the Jim Joseph Foundation, Liechtag Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and UJA-Federation of New York, in collaboration with Hazon.


Two follow-up reports from the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, one a Special Study on Jewish Households with LGBT Individuals and the second a Special Study on Nonwhite, Hispanic and Multiracial Jewish Households.   Issued by UJA-Federation of New York, the reports provide population estimates and examine demographic and social characteristics, geographic distributions, Jewish engagement, and human service needs in the populations.  These special studies join previous reports from the community study also available at the DataBank, including a comprehensive report on the study’s findings and reports on poverty, geography and “partly Jewish” Jews.


The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America is the central online address for quantitative studies of North American Jewry and information about world Jewish populations.  We proudly partner with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut in offering open access to more than 375 national, local and topical studies, reports, and resources.



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