Building Resilient Jewish Communities

For questions about this research, contact CMJS at 781.736.2936 or

CMJS/SSRI Director
Leonard Saxe

Principal Investigator
Janet Krasner Aronson

Community Contact
Nicole Samuel

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies/Steinhardt Social Research Institute is conducting a study to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Jewish community. The study, Building Resilient Jewish Communities, includes surveys of Jewish households across the United States. The surveys are designed to assess the experiences of these households during the coronavirus crisis, with a focus on connections to Jewish life and Jewish institutions. The purpose of the study is to help Jewish organizations determine the impact of the coronavirus crisis in their local communities and provide data to help them best meet the needs of the individuals and households who are most affected.

The study is being conducted concurrently in several cities and communities throughout the United States. It is sponsored by national funders and local Jewish Federations.

Participating communities include:

The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest (NJ)

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (DC, MD, VA)

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

(list updated as 5/15/20)

If you are invited to participate

A sample of individuals in participating communities will be invited to respond to the survey. If selected, individuals will receive an email from Brandeis University with the survey link, beginning in mid-May. Contact information has been provided by participating local Jewish organizations.

The survey includes questions about how work, health, family, and Jewish life have been affected by the coronavirus crisis and how individuals are coping. All survey responses are confidential and individual results will not be shared with the sponsoring organizations. Data is only reported in the aggregate and without identifiers. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Brandeis University Human Research Protection Program (781.736.8133, This committee works to safeguard the interests of individuals who participate in Brandeis-sponsored research.