Originally published in 2001, this book compares Jewish communities with data from studies completed from approximately 1982-1999. The comparisons have been updated online in 2012 and then again in 2013 in the Comparison of Jewish Communities Compendium series, which includes most studies completed from 1993-2011, but the original comparative volume is also useful and interesting.
The original description of the monograph follows:
Finally, 45 of the best Jewish population studies have been compiled in one book, with more than 120 easy-to-understand tables and commentary on everything from Jewish education and religiosity to philanthropy and social service needs... Learn how these numbers compare to one another and how the comparisons can help you better understand your community.
How Jewish Communities Differ: Variations in the Findings of Local Jewish Population Studies was written by Dr. Ira M. Sheskin, professor of geography and the Director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami. The Mandell L. Berman Institute - North American Jewish Data Bank published this 206-page book in 2001.
It is designed specifically to help Jewish community leaders - rabbis, executive directors, planners and policy-makers strategically plan for the future.
It is equally designed for scholars and students of contemporary Jewry, who will find this encyclopedic compilation an invaluable reference, and it will be an important addition to libraries with contemporary Jewish collections.
This new book can help a community decide if it needs a nursing home or a new school. It reveals the communities where each denomination is highly represented and under-represented. It makes clear where support for Israel is high. And low. In short, it provides the hard numbers that tell the story about American Jewish. The book includes detailed tables with commentary on everything from Jewish identity and intermarriage to connections to Israel and anti-Semitism.