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The Steinhardt Social Research Institute works with local residents and leaders to design and implement studies most appropriate for that community's particular needs. Community studies have focused on population characteristics and estimates as well as economic need.

South Palm Beach County Jewish Community Study2018 South Palm Beach County Jewish Community Study
November 2018

Conducted on behalf of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, the 2018 South Palm Beach County Jewish Community Study was developed to help communal leaders, planners, and residents better understand the size and character of their community. Interviews with over 2,100 Jewish households residing in South Palm Beach County form the basis of the report.

Pittsburgh Jewish Community StudyThe 2017 Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study
February 2018

The 2017 Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study provides a detailed socio-demographic portrait of the Pittsburgh-area Jewish community and describes community members' participation in Jewish communal life, their private Jewish activities, and their attitudes about Judaism and Israel. 

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DC reportThe 2017 Greater Washington, DC Jewish Community Demographic Study
February 2018

The 2017 Greater Washington, DC Jewish Community Demographic Study provides an up-to-date description of the size and character of DC-area Jewish adults, children, and households. Interviews with over 6,600 Jewish households residing in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland form the basis of the report.

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Collier County Jewish Community Study2017 Collier County Jewish Community Study
October 2017

In 2017, the Jewish Federation of Collier County sponsored the first-ever representative sample survey of the Jewish community of Naples, Florida, and the surrounding area. The study includes a population estimate; findings on the demography, ritual behavior, affiliations, volunteer activities, and geographic profile of the population; and descriptions of the various ways community members participate in Jewish life.

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Boston Jewish Community Study2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study
November 2016

The 2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study describes the size and character of Boston-area Jewry. Included in the study are demographic findings and patterns of Jewish engagement.

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Nashville Jewish Community Study2015 Nashville and Middle Tennessee Jewish Community Study
May 2016

This community study documents a slowly but steadily growing community of Jews. At its core, the Jewish community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is comprised of a small, tight-knit group of highly involved individuals who participate in many aspects of Jewish life.

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SeattleThe 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study
January 2015

The 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study provides an up-to-date description of the size and character of Seattle-area Jewry. Included in the study are demographic findings, information on the religious background and geographic profile of Greater Seattle’s Jewish population as well as descriptions of participation in Jewish life and volunteer activities. The narrative is supplemented with community members’ own words on topics related to Jewish identity, diversity, and community resources. The report also includes special sections devoted to issues confronting families with children, young adults, senior adults, inmarried and intermarried couples, and synagogue members. 

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BuffaloThe 2013 Greater Buffalo Jewish Community Study
January 2014

This study of Greater Buffalo found a Jewish community comprised of 5,770 households. These households include 9,800 Jewish adults and 2,250 Jewish children, with an additional 1,000 non-Jewish adults and 200 non-Jewish children. On average, the community is older than the US Jewish population as a whole, but it also includes families with children of preschool and day care age, multiple options for supplementary and day schools, and JCC family activities. A challenge confronting the Buffalo Jewish community going forward is to find ways to maintain the loyalty of long-standing members while being welcoming to those less involved, whether they are newcomers to the area or newly seeking connections to the Jewish community.

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Rhode Island Community StudyLiving on the Edge: Economic Insecurity Among Jewish Households in Greater Rhode Island
October 2013

Commissioned by The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, the goal of this report was to better understand the economic challenges and needs of Jewish households in the Alliance catchment area communities. Researchers examined macro-level indicators, reviewed the services currently available in Rhode Island communities, collected systematic data about requests for assistance at the synagogue level, and conducted indepth interviews with individuals currently experiencing economic hardship.

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Western North CarolinaThe 2010 Western North Carolina Jewish Demographic Study
January 2011

This report describes the Jews of Western North Carolina, the ways in which they engage in Jewish communal life, the services that are provided by the communities, and the communities’ needs. It is intended to help the communities examine their own priorities and make decisions about resource allocation and program development and maintenance.

BerkshiresThe 2008 Berkshire Community Study: For the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
March 2009

A socio-demographic study of the Berkshire Jewish population, this project examines the community's connections to, and engagement with, Jewish life and, in particular, provides information regarding special sub-groups of the population, such as the intermarried, seniors, Jewish young adults, and part-time residents of the Berkshires.

BostonThe 2005 Boston Community Survey: Preliminary Findings
November 2006

The 2005 Boston Community Survey estimates the size of the Boston Jewish population and examines its demographic characteristics and the challenges posed by several of those findings, particularly those concerning age and economic vulnerability. The report then explores intermarriage and the upbringing of children in intermarried families. Finally, the report discusses the many varied connections to Jewish life, through ritual practice, membership in Jewish organizations, education of Jewish children, philanthropy and volunteering, and ties to Israel.


‘All Politics is Local’: Challenges in the Study of Local Jewish Communities
Janet Krasner Aronson, Matthew Boxer, and Leonard Saxe
Contemporary Jewry (2016) 36 (3): 361–380

Community Size and Identity
Matthew Boxer 
Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility (June 2007) 37: 7-8.