Volunteering + Values

A REPAIR THE WORLD Report on Jewish Young Adults Volunteering + Values

Fern Chertok , Joshua Tobias, Shirah Rosin, and Matthew Boxer
Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Jim Gerstein
Gerstein  | Agne Strategic Communications

June 2011

Momentum is building in the American Jewish community to elevate service as a Jewish communal value and to encourage Jewish young adult volunteering both within and beyond communal borders. The goal of this landmark study was to develop a comprehensive portrait of the volunteer habits, attitudes and preferences of contemporary Jewish young adults.  Commissioned by Repair the World and conducted as a collaborative effort between researchers at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS) at Brandeis University and Gerstein | Agne Strategic Communications, the study surveyed over 900 Jewish young adults between the ages of 18-35 from across the spectrum of Jewish identities and levels of Jewish engagement.

This report delves into the different ways that young Jewish adults volunteer, describing their volunteer habits and examining the issues about which they care most deeply. It also explores what motivates Jewish young adults to volunteer and in what ways they see volunteer service as connected with their Jewish values and identity. The report concludes by describing promising leverage points for increasing commitment to service and encouraging Jewish young adults to see volunteering as a Jewish act.

Read the report.
Read the technical report.
Read the executive summary.