The Jewish Federation of Pinellas County Community Study, 1994

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, FL

Principal Investigator(s): Ira M. Sheskin

Study Dates: March, 1994

Population Estimates:

25,200 Jewish persons [23,700 year-round] live in 13,000 Jewish households.

Another 5,000 non-Jews live in these households, for a total of 30,200 people in the 13,000 Jewish households [28,500 year-round].


Adult Jewish Households in Pinellas County, Florida

Sample Size: 614

Sample Notes:

The data were gathered from 614 individuals in households with one or more Jewish individuals via a telephone interview survey.

The sampling universe includes Jewish households located in all of Pinellas County, Florida - the slides which summarize the project and were added in March, 2011 by Dr. Sheskin identify Pinellas as St. Petersberg.

Interviews completed numbered 204 in the RDD (random digit dialing) frame and 412 in the DJN frame (a list of households with distinctive Jewish names in telephone directories in 1994).


In the data file, the variable "source" identifies the DJN interviews as "Phone Directory."

The data were weighted so that the Distinctive Jewish Name interviews resembled the RDD interviews in terms of the age of the respondents - the author reported that adjustments were not needed by "...length of residence, household size, geographic area, marital status, home ownership, Jewish denomination, synagogue membership, JCC membership, trips to Israel, contributions to the Federation..."


Researchers should use weight factor "wf" to replicate reported results.

Study Notes:

Please note that the slide sets available were added to the Data Bank archives in March, 2011 after being re-created by the principal investigator, who noted that the original slides (in 1994) were produced on transparencies and could not be posted electronically; however, the slide sets below reproduce many of the original transparencies.

In some cases, results appear on these slides which do not appear in the Main Report. In a few cases, the percentages that appear in the current slide set are slightly different than those in the report, for a variety of reasons. For example, the report shows the needs for single programs among all singles in Jewish households, while the slides show the percentage who need singles program among Jewish singles in Jewish households.

Note that the original Main Report compares Pinellas to communities that had completed studies between 1980 and 1994, while the slides sets compare Pinellas to communities completing studies between 1993 and 2010.  In 2010, Dr. Sheskin conducted a DJN (distinctive Jewish name) counting study (no Interviews) which summarized data on Hillsborough County which included Tampa, Pinellas County which included St. Petersburg, and Pasco Counties (after the 1994 study, the Jewish Federation added services for Pasco County, and is now the Jewish Federation of Pinellas Pasco Counties). 

Slides and report from 2010 DJN update are available for downloading.

The comparison slides show Pinellas as St. Petersburg.

Language: English