UJA-Federation of New York presents the findings from the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, a comprehensive study of the world’s largest and most diverse Jewish community outside Israel. With 5,993 interviews — more than any other local or national Jewish community study — the findings and implications are vast. Users can download the whole report or select chapters.
The New York Jewish community in 2011 is large, growing, and incredibly diverse. Children, boomers, and seniors. Poor and affluent Jews. Lifelong New Yorkers, and immigrants from such diverse national origins as Russia and Israel. LGBT Jews. Hispanic and biracial households. Chasidic, Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Yeshivish Jews. Jews who are nondenominational, have no religion or another religion, or who consider themselves partially Jewish. All these and more are strong threads in the fabric of the New York Jewish community.
Executive Summary (PDF)
Highlights of key findings and their policy implications.
Why and how UJA-Federation conducted this study, including the definition of Jewish people and households used for the survey, the sampling approach, and survey response rates.
Chapter 1: Jewish Household and Population Estimates (PDF)
Estimates of the size, growth, and geographic distribution of the Jewish population in the eight-county New York area.
Chapter 2: Demography (PDF)
Age distribution, marital status, household composition, educational attainment, employment status, income, perceived financial condition, home ownership, and place of birth.
Chapter 3: People in Need and Access to Support (PDF)
Size, growth, and geographic distribution of poverty and near poverty; major groups affected by poverty; use of public assistance; as well as data on seniors living alone, Holocaust survivors, services sought, and caregivers.
Chapter 4: Jewish Engagement and Connections (PDF)
Indicators of Jewish engagement, shifts in denominational identification, intermarriage trends, and how this information and household composition, age, gender, affluence, and social networks correlate with Jewish connections.
Chapter 5: Jewish Families and Jewish Education (PDF)
How variations in parental characteristics and Jewish educational experiences appear to have influenced the Jewish-engagement outcomes of today’s Jewish adults, and the educational choices parents are making for their children.
Chapter 6: Philanthropic Giving (PDF)
Trends in giving to non-Jewish causes and Jewish causes, including UJA-Federation, and how reported giving to Jewish causes varies with age, income, denomination, household composition, and intermarriage status.
Chapter 7: Diverse Jewish Communities (PDF)
Profiles of two of the largest subpopulations in the eight-county New York Jewish community — the Orthodox and Russian speakers — along with descriptions of four smaller groups: Israelis, the Syrian population, LGBT households, and biracial, Hispanic, and other nonwhite households.
Appendix: Research Methodology (PDF)
Overview of the research process, sampling design, and weighting and estimation process; sampling and survey response error; and assessment of the comparability of the 1991, 2002, and 2011 New York Jewish community studies.
The prior Jewish Community Study of New York was conducted in 2002. View the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2002, with PDFs of all its major publications.