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The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America offers open access to hundreds of quantitative studies of North American Jewry. We proudly partner with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn. Our stakeholders include Jewish Federations and communal organizations, researchers, educators and students, foundations and philanthropists, social change agents, the media, and interested individuals.

Featured Study

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups [2014]

Alan Cooperman, Greg Smith, Besheer Mohamed, Jessica Martinez, Elizabeth Sciupac, Katherine Ritchey | Pew Research Center , 2014

Pew Research Center report issued in July, 2014 summarized the results of a survey completed in June, 2014 with members of Pew's American Trends Panel.  Report focused on perceptions of major religious groups using a "thermometer" rating scale.

"Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a 'feeling thermometer' ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher)."

"Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to 53 for Buddhists. The public views atheists and Muslims more coldly; atheists receive an average rating of 41, and Muslims an average rating of 40. Fully 41% of the public rates Muslims in the coldest part of the thermometer (33 or below), and 40% rate atheists in the coldest...

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New and Noteworthy

Comparisons of Jewish Communities - 2015 - A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts

Ira M. Sheskin | Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, The Jewish Federations of North America , 2015

AJC 2015 Survey of American Jews

American Jewish Committee (AJC) , 2015

The 2014 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Population Study: A Portrait of the Miami Jewish Community

Ira M. Sheskin | Greater Miami Jewish Federation , 2014

Small and Intermediate Jewish Federations: Comparisons of Jewish Community Study Results, 1993-2011

Sarah Dafilou, Chaim Adler | Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America , 2016