1996 Jewish Population Study of Greater Cleveland

Sponsor(s): Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

Principal Investigator(s): Lauren B. Raff, Gary A. Tobin, Minna Wolf

Study Dates: 1996 interviewing completed by Market Solutions of Phoenix, AZ.

Population Estimates: An estimated 80,500 Jewish persons live in 33,700 Jewish households in Cleveland (with an estimated 1,000 Jews living in non-residential settings). Another 7,800 non-Jews reside in these Jewish households.
Key Findings:

  • Jewish population increased from 65,000 in 1987 to total of 81,500 in 1996 (including "group quarters" Jews).

  • 57% of adults born in Cleveland, 29% elsewhere USA, and 14% outside USA.

  • 25% of Jews are children under age 18, while 20% are at least age 65.

  • Intermarriage rate reported as 13% is a Jewish persons intermarriage rate. Couples (marriages) rate equivalent is estimated to be 23% (Data Bank estimate).

  • High rates of affiliation: 52% synagogue members, 24% JCC members.

  • Almost half of Jewish adults identify as Reform Jews, about 30% as Conservative Jews, and 10% as Orthodox.

  • High Jewish ritual practice levels: 91% always/usually attend a Seder, 86% always/usually light Chanukah candles, 69% always/usually fast on Yom Kippur, 56% always/usually light Shabbat candles.

  • Israel very important to 60% of Jewish respondents, and 43% of households report a member had been to Israel.
Sample: Adult Jewish Households in the Greater Cleveland Area, including Cayuhoga County, and parts of Lake, Summit, Geauga and Portage counties.

Sample Size: 1,186 completed interviews indicated in report: 531 from a RDD (random digit dialing frame), 9 from a DJN frame (Distinctive Jewish Names), 596 from a Federation List frame, and 50 from a List of Russian households.

Sample Notes: Report indicates that data are weighted to adjust for differential sampling within the four sampling frames.

Weights do not exist in the two data files that the Data Bank has archived: a Household data file with 1,199 completed interviews and and 321 variables, and an individual data file with 4,418 individuals and 121 variables.

Household data file has 1,199 cases; "sub-sample" gives details on sampling strata within 4 sampling frames: 537 RDD, 10 DJN, 602 Federation List, and 50 Russian List.

Total of 98 Russian-speaking respondent interviews in data file: 39 completed in Russian.

Methodological discussion in Main Report (text and Appendix) present detailed sample disposition data.

RDD sampling frame required a total of 80,786 numbers dialed. 27,707 contacted households, of which 11,990 completed the screener,

1,065 Jewish HH contacted via RDD - 531 completed the survey interview.

The sampling procedure was a combination of random digit dialing, unduplicated Federation lists, a list of Distinctive Jewish Names, and a list of households from the Former Soviet Union.

Study Notes: Index of Figures is at the end of the Main Report.

Downloads

Survey Reports

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Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

» Questionnaire
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Data Files and Data Definitions

» Zipped SPSS Data File
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