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Quad Cities Iowa 1990

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa

Principal Investigator(s): Peter J. Kivisto

Study Dates: The report, "Toward the Year 2000: Quad Cities Jewish Life," was published in January, 1990.

Population Estimates: The report estimated the Jewish population of the Quad Cities to be 1,350, a downward revision of the American Jewish Yearbook 1988 estimate of 1,650.
Key Findings: The 1990 Quad Cities report is based upon a List-only survey analysis, combined with historical analysis and interviews with key members of the Quad Cities Jewish community study.

The purpose of this study was to aid in constructing a vision for the Jewish community of the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois. The report is largely descriptive, using a combination of questionnaires mailed to the Federation mailing list, in-depth interviews with a select number of leaders in the community, and historical writings about the local and national Jewish community.

Tables throughout the report summarize data from the questionnaires.

The report is divided into the following sections: (1) historical background; (2) a demographic profile; (3) Jewish identity and political views; (4) religious orientation, education, and observance; (5) communal affiliation; (6) interpersonal relations; and (7) evaluations of services and programs.

The mail questionnaire is included at the end of the report.

Sample: The "Quad Cities" are on the banks of the Mississippi River, in both Iowa and Illinois. The region is made up of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, and surrounding communities.

Sample Size: 74% of households which received the questionnaire responded; 435 returned questionnaires.

Sample Notes: The response rate of unaffiliated Jews was virtually identical to that of synagogue members. Thus, the investigators concluded that the data obtained are representative of the Jewish population of the Quad Cities.

In order to obtain a proportional representation of males and females, the investigators identified a person in each household who was to complete the questionnaire. However, with mail questionnaires, confirmation is not possible.

Study Notes: In addition to the questionnaire, the investigators interviewed ten "influential people" in the community, including the rabbis at the Center and the Temple, the director of the Federation, and the current board presidents of these three institutions. The remaining four individuals were identified as influential members of the community by the initial six individuals interviewed. These interviews are not reported on separately in the study, but are included as part of the analysis of the community.

The report also includes a section on the historical background of Jews in the Quad Cities, as well as an overview of recent research on American Jewry, including both national-level data and various community studies. Throughout the report pertinent comparisons are made in order to identify similarities and differences between this particular community and Jews in the rest of the country.


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