About Us

Since its founding in 2005, the Steinhardt Social Research Institute has developed new approaches to socio-demographic research and to understanding Jewish identity. Institute researchers have created new estimates of the size and characteristics of the United States’ Jewish population and conducted similar analyses of other religious minorities.

Its work, including studies of local communities and analyses of data from more than 200,000 applicants and participants in Taglit-Birthright Israel, has led to a reexamination of fundamental assumptions about the Jewish community. The institute’s efforts provide an evidence-based and contextualized understanding of contemporary life.

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