2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study

Janet Krasner Aronson, Matthew Boxer, Matthew Brookner, Leonard Saxe

November 2016

2015 Boston Report CoverThe 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 and information on the religious background and geographic profile of Greater Boston’s Jewish population.

In addition to describing the demographic characteristics of the community, we emphasized the different ways that Jews enact their Judaism and Jewish identities. Some of us are deeply immersed in religious life, while others express their Jewish connections through involvement in communal organizations. Rather than viewing Jewish engagement as a continuum spanning those not at all engaged to those very engaged, we created a typology (the Index of Engagement) to represent the five clusters of engagement we found in the Greater Boston Jewish community.

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Among the Findings