Recent Research Publications
This report documents the impact of Birthright Israel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the May 2021 Israel-Hamas conflict. The findings draw data collected in pre- and post-trip surveys of US Jewish young adults who applied to go on summer 2021 Birthright Israel trips. The analyses examine changes in attitudes and behaviors among participants and nonparticipants. Despite the disruptions of the pandemic and the lingering tensions of the conflict, overall evaluations of the summer 2021 trips were extremely positive, and the impact of the program remained robust.
The 2021 Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Study is the first in-depth examination of the size and characteristics of the Jewish community in the Kansas City-area since 1985. The study provides a comprehensive portrait of the community's 22,100 Jews; their families; their Jewish attitudes, behaviors, and affiliations; their health and financial welfare; and other measures of their engagement in Jewish life. Findings should help the Greater Kansas City Jewish community make critical decisions about the next decade of Jewish life in the region.
The 2020-21 Central Florida Jewish Community Study is the first in-depth examination of the size and characteristics of the Jewish community in Orlando and the surrounding area since 1993. The study provides a comprehensive portrait of the region's 51,400 Jews, their families, and their Jewish behaviors, affiliations, attitudes, and connections to the organized Jewish community. Its findings should help the Jewish community of Central Florida make critical decisions about the trajectory of Jewish life in the region in the coming decade.