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Building Resilient Jewish Communities

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies 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.

The study was designed to provide timely information that Jewish organizations can use to more effectively meet the needs of their community members.


Hosted by Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz
Study presented by CMJS Director, Prof. Leonard Saxe and Dr. Janet Aronson
Moderated by Cynthia Shapira, a member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees and a leader of the Pittsburgh Jewish community



Survey Instruments

Participating Communities:

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

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