2022 Delaware and Brandywine Valley Jewish Community Study
The 2022 Community Study of Jewish Delaware and the Brandywine Valley is the first in-depth assessment of the size and characteristics of the Jewish community in Delaware since 1995, and the first to include a section of the Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania. The study provides a comprehensive portrait of the community's 25,900 Jews; their families; their Jewish attitudes, affiliations, and behaviors; their health and financial well-being; and other measures of their engagement in Jewish life.
- The Delaware and Brandywine Valley Jewish community numbers approximately 34,000 adults and children, of whom 25,900 are Jewish, living in 12,600 households.
- Twenty-three percent of Jewish households in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley include children under age 18.
- The individual intermarriage rate (i.e., the proportion of married Jewish adults with a non-Jewish spouse) is 38%, slightly below the national average of 42%.
- Forty-three percent of Jewish adults in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley do not identify with any particular denomination. Thirty percent identify as Reform, 18% as Conservative, 1% as Orthodox, and 9% with other denomination.
- Jewish households are fairly evenly distributed across the five key regions of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley. Fifteen percent reside in the Newark region, and 18% live in the Wilmington core area. The rest of New Castle and Kent Counties include 17% of Jewish households, and Sussex County is home to 21% of Jewish households. The remaining 29% of Jewish households reside across the state border in the Brandywine Valley.
- Thirty-one percent of Jewish households in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley are members of a synagogue, independent minyan, or other Jewish congregation.
- The most commonly cited obstacles to greater engagement in Jewish communal life for Jewish adults in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley are the COVID-19 pandemic (25%), not knowing many people (23%), not having found interesting activities (20%), and activities being too expensive (11%).
- Among Jewish adults in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, 67% are very concerned about antisemitism around the world, 54% are very concerned about antisemitism in the United States, and 30% are very concerned about antisemitism in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley. Eighteen percent say they have personally experienced antisemitism in the past year.
- Forty-seven percent of Jewish adults in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley have visited Israel at least once.
- Fifteen percent of Jewish households in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley say either that they cannot make ends meet (1%) or are just managing to make ends meet (14%).