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CMJS In The News

Young, Rural, and Jewish, The Daily Yonder, August 12, 2020

Brandeis study measures COVID-19 impact on Jewish Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, August 9, 2020

Camp! Podcast episode of Adventures in Jewish Studies, featuring CMJS researcher Nicole Samuel, July 28, 2020

Understanding the Present to Plan the Jewish Future, Leonard Saxe and Janet Krasner Aronson, ejewishphilanthropy, May 10, 2020

From Cabins to Bungalows: Some Jewish Overnight Camps May Become Socially Distanced Family Retreats this Summer, JTA, May 6, 2020

Jewish Retreating in the Age of COVID-19: Paradox or Possibility?, Amy L. Sales and Nicole Samuel, ejewishphilanthropy, May 3, 2020

Birthright's Measurable Impact: More American Jews, Leonard Saxe, Times of Israel, February 2, 2020

A Look Into Jewish Young Adults in the US - New Demographic Research from Brandeis and Moishe House, ewjewishphilanthropy, January 28, 2020

Examining Jewish Identity and Israel Engagement on Birthright’s 20th Anniversary, JNS, January 3, 2020

Interfaith Families Study Points Way to Increased Engagement, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, November 27, 2019

The Chuppah Advantage, Tablet Magazine, November 12, 2019

Looking ahead, with the Community Study as our Guide, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, November 6, 2019

Gevalt: The American Jewish Population is Expanding! Leonard Saxe, eJewish Philanthropy, October 4, 2019

Beyond Welcoming? Not so Fast, Edmund Case, ejewishphilanthropy, August 13, 2019

Is Intermarriage Really the Demise of Jews in America? Leonard Saxe, Jerusalem Post, August 7, 2019

Meet the Korean-American woman who leads the Jewish Renewal movement, JTA, April 16, 2019

Are young Jewish voters ready to say enough with the Democrats? Jewish News Syndicate, April 8, 2019

‘Jexodus’ is a GOP fantasy. That doesn’t mean Jews will vote Democratic forever. Matthew Boxer, Washington Post, March 22, 2019

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta Studies Women’s and Girls’ Needs, Atlanta Jewish Times, March 6, 2019

Moving Beyond Flashpoints, The New York Jewish Week, December 26, 2018

Recent Research Publications

Jewish Communities and COVID-19 Webinar

Building Resilient Jewish Communities
September 2020

CMJS surveyed 15,000 respondents in 10 different Jewish communities about their experiences during the first three months of the pandemic (May-July 2020). The surveys were designed to assess the experiences of Jewish households during the coronavirus crisis. The study examined the ways in which the pandemic affected the lives of community members, including their social and emotional health, their economic well-being, job stress, and relationship with Jewish institutions.


National Profile of the Jewish Electorate 2020National Profile of the Jewish Electorate in 2020
August 2020

At the request of the Jewish Electorate Institute, our American Jewish Population Project researchers conducted an analysis of hundreds of national surveys of US adults to describe the Jewish electorate in each of the 435 districts of the 116th Congress and the District of Columbia.


Twin Cities Jewish Community Study report cover2019 Twin Cities Jewish Community Study
August 2020

The 2019 Twin Cities Jewish Community Study estimates the number of Jewish individuals in the community and the number of non-Jewish adults and children who are part of the region’s 34,500 Jewish households. The study also creates a comprehensive portrait of the characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors of the population.


Springboard Bet Cohort EvaluationSpringboard's Bet Cohort: Key Findings and Future Considerations
June 2020

This report highlights the findings from the evaluation of the second cohort of Hillel International's Springboard program, a two-year paid professional development fellowship for recent college graduates. The results show the initial impact of an early career incubator program and where Springboard stands within the broader context of other programs for emerging professionals in Hillel.


Breaking Barriers report coverBreaking Barriers: A Look at Birthright Israel Specialized Trips for
Participants with Disabilities
June 2020

This report describes qualitative research to understand the experiences of young adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities on specialized Birthright trips and potential impacts of a Birthright experience for this population of Jewish young adults.


Howard County 2019 Jewish Community StudyBaltimore 2020 Jewish Community Study
May 2020

The Baltimore 2020 Jewish Community Study provides a snapshot of the community and the ways in which members of Baltimore’s 46,700 Jewish households engage with Jewish life. The study estimates the size and characteristics of the Jewish population of the catchment area under the purview of The Associated and generates findings that could help Jewish organizations in Baltimore plan for the next decade and serve the Jewish community as effectively as possible.


Howard County 2019 Jewish Community StudyHoward County 2019 Jewish Community Study
March 2020

The 2019 Howard County Jewish Community Study provides valid data about the 9,100 Jewish households in Howard County, MD, that can be used by communal organizations and their leadership to design programs and policies that support and enhance Jewish life. The study describes community members’ participation in Jewish communal life, their private Jewish activities, and their attitudes about Judaism and Israel.


Atlanta Jewish Working Women reportAll in Her Day's Work: Women from Atlanta's Jewish Households in the Workplace
March 2020

The Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) promotes social change to strategically impact the Atlanta community by addressing the most pressing needs of local women and girls. By exploring the needs and concerns of contemporary working women in Jewish households, this research will aid JWFA in making decisions about how to best allocate resources to empower Jewish women and promote their equitable access to opportunities and wellbeing.


JCSC reportThe Summer Institute for Israel Studies: 2019 Annual Survey
March 2020

This report presents data from our ongoing evaluation of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (a project of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies). The Institute seeks to make the study of Israel a regular component of the curriculum of higher education. Fellows from the 2004-2018 cohorts were surveyed about their research, teaching, campus climate, presentations, and perspectives on SIIS in the 2018-19 academic year.  


JCSC reportEarly Career, Enduring Impact
March 2020

Hillel International’s Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellowship (1994-2008) brought hundreds of recent graduates to college campuses to engage uninvolved or under-involved students in Jewish life. This research is the first systematic study of JCSC alumni and the Fellowship’s long-term impact. 


Advancing Jewish RetreatingAdvancing Jewish Retreating
January 2020

This study maps the diverse ecosystem of Jewish retreating and examines how retreating has been adopted by a vast array of organizations, the issues that facilitate or impede these efforts, and what current levels of activity portend for the future.


Cincinnati Jewish Community Study2019 Greater Cincinnati Jewish Community Study
January 2020

The 2019 Greater Cincinnati Jewish Community Study estimates the number of Jewish adults in the community and the number of non-Jewish adults and children who are part of those households. The study also creates a comprehensive portrait of the characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors of that population. The study provides national and historical context by considering trends and data in the United States and where possible, comparisons to Greater Cincinnati in 2008.


Denver Jewish Community Study2018-19 Greater Denver Jewish Community Study
January 2020

The 2018-19 Greater Denver Area Jewish Community Study employed innovative state-of-the-art methods to create a comprehensive portrait of the characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors of present-day Greater Denver Jewry. The study focuses on the Jewish community in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties.


Politics on the Quad report coverPoints of Entry: Interfaith Families in Pittsburgh
November 2019

This qualitative study describes the experiences and perspectives of members of the burgeoning population of interfaith couples in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The study focused on interfaith households including those that are and are not involved in home-based or communal Jewish life.


Politics on the Quad report coverPolitics on the Quad: Students Report on Division and Disagreement at Five US Universities
November 2019

Drawing on survey data collected from representative samples of undergraduates at five US universities, we explore the political climate on the college campus. How divided are liberal, moderate, and conservative students at each of these five schools with respect to their political attitudes, their perceptions of the campus environment, and their place within the campus community? How does the magnitude and nature of these divisions differ from one campus to the next?


Summer Institute 2018 report coverThe Summer Institute for Israel Studies: 2018 Annual Survey
October 2019

This report represents the 14th year of our on-going evaluation of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (a project of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies). The Institute seeks to make the study of Israel an ongoing component of the curriculum of higher education. Fellows from the 2004-2017 cohorts were surveyed about their research, teaching, and use of SIIS resources in the academic year 2017-18.  


Sarasota report cover2019 Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Community Study
November 2019

The 2019 Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Community Study provides a detailed socio-demographic portrait of the regional Jewish community and describes community members’ participation in Jewish communal life, their private Jewish activities, and their attitudes about Judaism and Israel.


AJPP databriefAmerican Jewish Population Estimates 2019: Summary and Highlights
October 2019

This data brief summarizes our 2019 estimates of the US Jewish population and describes our data and methodology.  


 
Birthright, Politics, and Jewish identity report coverIsrael, Politics, and Birthright Israel: Findings from the Summer 2017 Cohort
August 2019

This report assesses Birthright’s effectiveness in providing a balanced educational program to participants from diverse backgrounds. The report examines Birthright’s impact on the summer 2017 cohort’s feelings of connection to Israel, engagement with Israel, and views regarding particular Israeli policies and investigates whether the program’s impact was different for political liberals versus conservatives.


Birthright's Impact on Five Jewish Identity Groups report coverBirthright’s Impact on Five Jewish Identity Groups: Findings from the Summer 2018 Cohort
August 2019

By examining response patterns to questions about Jewish attitudes, the study identified five different types of Jewish identity among the young adults who applied to go on a Birthright trip in summer 2018: Ancestry, Secular Peoplehood, Casual Religious, Connected, and Committed. After sorting applicants into groups corresponding to their Jewish identity type, the study examined the ways in which participants in the different groups were impacted by their Birthright experience.


We'll Cross That Bridge report coverWe’ll Cross That Bridge When We Get To It: Life Stages and the Needs of Interfaith Couples in Greater Boston
August 2019

This qualitative study describes some of the experiences and perspectives of the burgeoning population of interfaith couples in the Greater Boston community and focuses in particular on households with little involvement in home-based or communal Jewish life.


Beyond Welcoming report coverBeyond Welcoming: Engaging Intermarried Couples in Jewish Life
August 2019

“Beyond Welcoming” is the first large-scale study of the marriages and committed relationships of Gen X and millennial Jews, and the first to systematically collect data from non-Jewish partners about their backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The study was designed with the goal of understanding which programs and policy initiatives would best serve the Jewish community in an era where intermarriage is pervasive and young adults in the United States are distancing themselves from religion and religious institutions.


Birthright and FSU and Germany participantsThe Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on Participants from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Germany
June 2019

This study focuses on two groups of Birthright Israel participants: first, those from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus and second, Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) in Germany. It is part of a larger program of research designed to understand the impact of Birthright Israel (known in the FSU and Germany as Taglit) on its participants. The study draws on pre- and post-trip surveys of the summer 2017 cohort from these countries, as well as on a long-term survey of participants from Russia and Ukraine who participated in the program during 2010-14.


Palm Beach Jewish Community Study2018 Greater Palm Beaches Jewish Community Study
May 2019

Conducted on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the 2018 Greater Palm Beaches Jewish Community Study estimates the size of the Jewish community, describes its demographic characteristics, and examines its attitudes toward community institutions, programs, and services. The report also creates a portrait of the multifaceted cultural, communal, and religious expressions of Judaism that constitute Jewish engagement.


JCC cover

Innovating JCCs
May 2019

The purpose of the Innovating JCCs study was to seek out new ideas in the field and identify ways that Jewish community centers can shift from the traditional model to become successful 21st century agencies. Lessons from the research are relevant not only to JCCs but also to synagogues and other legacy institutions in the Jewish community.


Brandeis 2018Race, Community, and Belonging: Revisiting Student Concerns at Brandeis University
February 2019

This report is part of our program of research on ethnic and religious identity among US college students. The report follows up an earlier survey of the Brandeis campus in 2016. Repeating the survey in 2018 allowed us to examine the ways in which campus environments and intergroup relations change over time and and determine whether the same issues continued to dominate campus conversation. 


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.


Maccabiah reportBuilding Jewish Pride Through Sports: An Evaluation of the Impact of Competing in the World Maccabiah Games
November 2018

The Maccabiah Games attract thousands of Jewish athletes from around the world to Israel every four years. As part of the Maccabiah experience, Maccabi USA organizes a seven day educational-cultural travel program in Israel for US athletes prior to the athletic competition. Called “Israel Connect,” this program is designed to strengthen athletes’ Jewish identities and instill in them the passion and knowledge necessary to advocate for Israel. This study examines the athletes’ reactions to the seven-day program as well as the extent to which the entire Maccabiah experience altered the Jewish trajectories of the US Jewish athletes who participated.


Time for Good Time for Good in Action: Implementation and Potential Outcomes
December 2017

This report evaluates UJA-Federation of New York’s Time for Good/Jewish Service Enterprise Initiative (TFG/JSEI). Designed to build the capacity of communal organizations to productively work with volunteers, the study explores the implementation of this initiative and its initial impact, as perceived by organizations and volunteers from the first two cohorts of participating agencies. 


Shalom LearningBringing Educational Technology into Supplementary Jewish Education: Evaluation of ShalomLearning
April 2018

ShalomLearning was launched in 2011 as a supplementary Jewish education curriculum that combines a values-based, spiral curriculum for grades two through seven, with a blended educationapproach that integrates classroom time with offsite online learning. This two-year study of ShalomLearning evaluates the program's implementation and outcomes.


Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study

The 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. 


DC reportThe 2017 Greater Washington Jewish Community Demographic Study
February 2018

The 2017 Greater Washington 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.


4 schools reportThe Limits of Hostility: Students Report on Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment at Four US Universities
December 2017

This report is part of a program of research focusing on undergraduates and their perceptions and experiences of antisemitism and anti-Israel hostility on US campuses. The study examines four institutions, Brandeis University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and draws on survey data collected in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years from representative samples of undergraduates (both Jewish and non-Jewish) at these schools.


Jewish Futures LT Wave 5Beyond 10 days: Parents, Gender, Marriage, and the Long-term Impact of Birthright Israel
December 2017

The report presents findings from the 5th wave of a longitudinal study of several thousand Jewish young adults who applied to Birthright between 2001 and 2009 and includes an analysis of the ways in which Birthright’s impact manifests in different subgroups: those with one versus two Jewish parents, those whose sole Israel experience was a Birthright trip, participants who are single versus partnered, and men versus women.


Collier County Jewish Community Study

2017 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.


Boston Young Adults Cover

The 2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study found that young adults make up almost one-quarter of the local Jewish population. This report, based on 50 new interviews with young adults and key informants and reanalysis of the 2015 data, creates a fuller portrait of Jewish young adults living in Cambridge, Somerville, and Jamaica Plain and, in particular, those who are marginally or not at all involved in Jewish life.


Summer Institute Israel Studies 2016

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2016
April 2017

This report represents the 12th year of our on-going evaluation of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (a project of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies). The Institute seeks to make the study of Israel an ongoing component of the curriculum of higher education. Researchers observed sessions during the two-week program held at Brandeis University, spoke informally with Fellows, and conducted a survey with the 2004-15 cohorts.


Boston Community Study2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study
November 2016

The 2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study provides an up-to-date description of the size and character of Boston-area Jewry. Included in the study are demographic findings, information on the religious background and geographic profile of Greater Boston’s Jewish population as well as descriptions of participation in Jewish life and volunteer activities. 


OfficiationUnder the Chuppah: Rabbinic Officiation and Intermarriage
October 2016

This report explores several essential questions about the relationship between Jewish clergy officiation and intermarried couples' trajectories of Jewish engagement. The analyses explore differences between three groups of couples: inmarried couples, intermarried couples who had a sole Jewish officiant (i.e., no non-Jewish co-officiant), and intermarried couples who married under other auspices.


AntisemitismHotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses
October 2016

This report is based on findings from a 2016 survey of Jewish undergraduates at 50 US campuses. Identifying campuses where antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment are especially acute, the study also looks at the particular manifestations of hostility at different campuses and the ways in which these climates influence the lives of Jewish students.


UPenn reportDiversity, Pressure, and Divisions on the University of Pennsylvania Campus
October 2016

This report is the second in a series of reports of select campuses and focuses on the University of Pennsylvania. Based on a survey of both Jewish and non-Jewish students, the study explores the intersection of racial, ethnic, and religious identities, gender, and sexual orientation, intergroup interactions, experiences of discrimination, and feelings of safety and belonging on campus in the context of the larger campus climate.


American Jewish Population ProjectNew US Jewish Population Estimates
Updated September 2016

Since 2005, SSRI researchers have been collecting data from hundreds of nationally representative surveys in order to provide one of the most comprehensive, independent sources of data on the Jewish community in the United States. The latest release from the American Jewish Population Project provides new population estimates for the continental United States, its states, metropolitan areas, and counties and new data on the political identification and political views of Jewish adults.


Israel FellowsIsrael Face to Face: Evaluation of the Israel Fellows Program
September 2016

This study is an evaluation of the Israel Fellows Program, a program designed to promote engagement with Israel through the placement of young adult Fellows on college campuses. Piloted on six college campuses in 2003, IFP has grown to 75 Fellows serving almost 100 campuses throughout North America. 


All Together SeparateAll Together Separate: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion on the Brandeis Campus
May 2016

This study is part of a program of research focusing on the identities of Jewish students and their experiences of anti-Israel hostility on campuses. Using Brandeis University as a case study, this study takes a broad view and explores a wide range of issues at the intersections of undergraduates’ racial, ethnic, and religious identities. 


Nashville2015 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.


Millennial Children of Intermarriage

Millennial Children of Intermarriage: Touchpoints and Trajectories of Jewish Engagement 
October 2015

This study is the first comprehensive assessment to examine the religious upbringing, college experiences, and current attitudes and practices of millennial children of intermarriage, a cohort that currently comprises nearly half of the young adult Jewish population.


Israel LiteracyThe Israel Literacy Measurement Project: 2015 Report
October 2015

The Israel Literacy Measurement Project is an attempt to create a valid and reliable measure of knowledge of Israel. Drawing on definitions of literacy in other social science disciplines and in consultation with subject experts, the research team developed a test bank that can be used with college-aged young adults to assess the extent and content of their Israel-related knowledge. 


SIIS 2015

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies: 2015
October 2015

The Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) prepares university faculty members to teach about Israel within the frameworks of their own disciplines.  To date, the Institute has educated almost 250 college and university faculty members to teach about Israel. In the 11th year of its on-going evaluation of SIIS, CMJS observed sessions during the program, spoke informally with fellows, and conducted a survey with the 2004-14 cohorts regarding the impact of the program on teaching, scholarship, and related activities.


Israel Studies DirectoryIsrael Studies Directory: 2013-14 Report Update
September 2015

To help inform educational opportunities about Israel, CMJS continues to track the development of Israel studies at 316 colleges and universities in the United States. Among other findings, the report documents a13% increase in Israel-focused courses and a 22% increase in Israel-related courses between the years 2008-09 and 2013-14.


Antisemitism on campus

Antisemitism on the college campus: Perceptions and realities 
July 2015

In the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in summer 2014, US and Canadian college campuses were the settings for many anti-Israel activities, including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. This study attempts to understand the extent of hostility toward Israel and antisemitism on North American campuses and  assess the relationship between these trends and Jewish students’ support for and connection to Israel.


Israel at War

Discovering Israel at War: The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel in Summer 2014
February 2015

Nearly 25,000 North American young Jews participated in Taglit-Birthright Israel, just prior and during the 2014 war with Hamas in Gaza. The study assesses participants’ experiences and compares their views of Israel to similar others who applied, but did not participate. As previous studies have found, Taglit has powerful effects on participants.


SeattleThe 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study
January 2015

The study documents the recent, rapid growth of the Seattle Jewish community and engagement of its members. Seattle is distinguished by having a broad set of communal institutions that engage the population in Jewish life, while also being home to a large number of secular and non-religious Jews. 


Summer InstituteThe Summer Institute for Israel Studies: The First Decade and Looking Ahead
December 2014

Summer 2014 marked the beginning of the second decade of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) that prepares faculty members from around the world to design and teach courses about Israel. The report documents the impact of the program on participants and their teaching about Israel. 


AJYB

Pew’s portrait of American Jewry: A reassessment of the assimilation narrative
October 2014
In A. Dashefsky & I. Sheskin (Eds.), American Jewish Year Book 2014 (Vol. 114, pp. 71-81). New York: Springer International Publishing.
Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson, Janet Krasner Aronson

The findings of the 2013 Pew Center report, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, have been characterized as documenting the decline of American Jewry. But the study actually shows substantial growth in the size of the Jewish population and considerable stability in engagement with Jewish life. This chapter reassesses our understanding of American Jews.


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JEWISH FUTURES PROJECT. The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: Marriage and Family
September 2014

The fourth wave of the Jewish Futures Project, a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults, includes an expanded number of panelists with families. This change in the panel composition allows for additional new analyses including patterns related to marriage and child rearing, and an examination of applicant subgroups such as children of intermarried parents.


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