About Us

The Steinhardt Social Research Institute (SSRI) develops reliable and valid quantitative data about the American Jewish community.

SSRI supports two linked socio-demographic projects. SSRI’s American Jewish Population Project (AJPP) represents the first application of meta-analysis in Jewish social science research. AJJP synthesizes current data from nationally representative surveys of the US population to produce estimates of the Jewish population by religion within the United States.

AJPP estimates are designed to be useful for research, policy planning, and for use as survey controls. An interactive map allows users to see the Jewish population estimates and characteristics at the state and county levels.

SSRI also conducts socio-demographic studies of local Jewish communities. Our community studies are closely related to AJPP and data from our national Jewish population dataset are used to develop estimates of local populations. SSRI’s community studies are distinguished both by sophisticated methodology and by our willingness and capacity to adapt our methods to address communities’ specific questions.

The Steinhardt Social Research Institute was established in 2005 through a generous gift from Michael Steinhardt, chairman of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation.