Berman Jewish DataBank Briefing - November 19 2014 - Berman Jewish DataBank to co-sponsor sessions on Jews and urbanism at December AJS meetings

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

Study Dates: November 19, 2014

Key Findings:

Berman Jewish DataBank to co-sponsor sessions on Jews and urbanism at December AJS meetings

November 19, 2014


The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America is co-sponsoring two sessions on Jews and urbanism at the upcoming annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ).    

The first session, focusing on quantitative methods, will be chaired by DataBank Director Emeritus Arnold Dashefsky and will feature presentations from Bruce Phillips of Hebrew Union College, Jennifer Rosenberg of UJA-Federation of New York, and  Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami.

The second session, highlighting qualitative approaches, will be chaired by Harriet Hartman, the former ASSJ President and recently named editor of the ASSJ journal Contemporary Jewry.  Peter Friedman of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Randall Schnoor of York University, and Stuart Schoenfeld of York University will make presentations.

The sessions are currently scheduled to take place on Monday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 a.m. 

Conference participants can check the AJS online program for any revisions to the schedule.


The DataBank is also pleased to highlight several new additions to its collection:

♦ The American Values Survey 2014: Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality and Doubts About the Future, sponsored by the Public Religion Research Institute with support from the Ford Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation

DataBank materials include the survey report, press release, toplines and banners comparing Jewish and non-Jewish respondents specially produced by PRRI for the DataBank. 

For a related study, see the PRRI’s 2012 Jewish Values Survey, also archived at the DataBank.


♦ The 2013 AJC Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee.  Materials include a short summary of the survey from AJC, toplines, four sets of banners, the data file, and a methodology report.

♦ Assessing the Teen Israel Experience, authored by Steven M. Cohen and Ezra Kopelowitz and sponsored by the Lappin Foundation.  A report and data file are available.

♦ Generations and Regeneration: Engagement and Fidelity in 21st Century American Jewish Life, written by David Elcott and Stuart Himmelfarb with sponsorship by B3/The Jewish Boomer Platform and the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at NYU Wagner.  The report is posted.

♦ National and metro area reports on the Canadian Jewish poor and Jewish seniors based on data from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Canadian National Household Survey.  The reports were written by Charles Shahar and commissioned by the Jewish Federations of Canada –UIA and individual Canadian Jewish Federations.  

They join a first round of national and metro area reports on Jewish demographic and geographic information.


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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