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Hotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses

Diversity, Pressure, and Divisions on the University of Pennsylvania Campus

New US Jewish Population Estimates

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

2015 Nashville and Middle Tennessee Jewish Community Study

The 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study

The 2013 Greater Buffalo Jewish Community Study  

Living on the Edge: Economic Insecurity Among Jewish Households in Greater Rhode Island

American Jewish Population Estimates: 2012

In The News...

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

Young American Jews walked off their Birthright tour of Israel. The protest sparked a debate at home, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2018

Interfaith Families Increasingly Jewish, The New York Jewish Week, November 21, 2018

Study Shows Growth among Young Jewish Families in South Palm Beach County, The Sun Sentinel, November 6, 2018

Small-Town Jews Are Used to Locked Synagogues, The Atlantic, November 2, 2018

Pittsburgh’s Lesson: Hatred Does Not Emerge in a Vacuum, Leonard Saxe, The Conversation, October 30, 2018

The Pew Study, Five Years Later – Leonard Saxe, Judaism Unbound, October 18, 2018

The Vanishing Ivy League Jew, Tablet Magazine, October 15, 2018

Longtime Boston Federation President Barry Shrage Looks Back, Forges Ahead, JNS, August 24, 2018

Why Jewish Giving to Israel is Losing Ground, Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim, The Conversation, August 15, 2018

Religion Looms Large for Education Official in Charge of Civil Rights, The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2018

Don’t Dismiss Steven Cohen’s Research, Michelle Shain, The NY Jewish Week, July 25, 2018

Gay and African-American Rabbi Wants to Shatter Stereotypes of What a Jew Looks Like, JTA, July 17, 2018

Surveys Explore Jewish Life in South Florida, With Some Surprising Results, South Florida Sun Sentinel, June 1, 2018

How Many Jewish Undergraduates? Leonard Saxe, Michelle Shain, Graham Wright and Shahar Hecht, ejewishphilanthropy, May 22, 2018

Squirrel Hill Faces a Challenge: Can Residents Afford to Live There? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 8, 2018

Jewish Community Studies with Matthew Boxer, Jewish History Matters Podcast, April 22, 2018

Our Favorite Places to Get Jewish and Israeli Food in Seattle, The Stranger, March 28, 2018

Barry Shrage, renowned leader in Jewish community life, to join Brandeis, Brandeis NOW, March 21, 2018

ADL Says Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Students Disagree, The Forward (Opinion), March 5, 2018

Study Finds Millennials Charting Their Own Course, Washington Jewish Week, February 28, 2018

A Leading Indicator: Celebrate the Growth of Region’s Jewish Community, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 25, 2018

Palm Beach Federations Exploring Future of Jewish Families, Community, Sun Sentinel, February 22, 2018 

What Can a Demographic Story Tell Us, Washington Jewish Week, February 22, 2018

Report: Pittsburgh Jewish Community Growing, Spreading Out, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 20. 2018

Pittsburgh Region's Jewish Population is Growing, Prosperous and Moving to Suburbs, Study Finds, TribLive, February 20, 2018

Only 6 Percent of Washington DC’s Booming Jewish Community Identify as Republican, JTA, February 16, 2018

Jobs And Inclusivity: Why The Jewish Population In D.C. Is Now The Third-Largest In The Country, WAMU, February 16, 2018

D.C. Area's Jewish Population is Booming: Now the Third Largest in the Nation, report says, The Washington Post, February 13, 2018

D.C.'s Jewish Population Is Booming-So Why The Empty Pews? The Forward, February 13, 2018

Dueling Narratives Cloud Picture Of Campus Anti-Semitism, The New York Jewish Week, January 10, 2018

Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement 'Virtually Nonexistent' Among College Students, Study Finds, PJ Media, January 4, 2018

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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 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.

Pittsburgh Jewish Community StudyThe 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 Study2017 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.

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Outbound on T: Jewish Young Adults in Cambridge, Somerville, and Jamaica Plain
August 2017

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.

Boston Jewish Community Study2015 Greater Boston Jewish Community Study
Conducted in collaboration with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 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. 

AntisemitismHotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses
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
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
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.


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