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Berman Jewish DataBank opens at JFNA
July 8, 2013

Welcome to the Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America, the central online address for quantitative studies of North American Jewry, as well as information about world Jewish populations.

The newly renamed Berman Jewish DataBank is the successor to the North American Jewish Data Bank, which was founded in 1986 and since 2004 was located at the University of Connecticut.  The DataBank’s new name honors Mandell (Bill) Berman, whose Berman Foundation funded the North American Jewish Data Bank since its inception in 1986 and last year established a generous endowment to give it a permanent home at The Jewish Federations of North America.

By offering open access to more than 375 national, local and topical studies, reports, and resources, the DataBank serves and informs Jewish Federations and other communal organizations, researchers, educators and students, foundations and philanthropists, social change agents, the media and interested individuals.  

In our first step as the DataBank manager, The Jewish Federations of North America has built a new DataBank website and established an online partnership with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner, also a Berman Foundation-funded initiative.  The DataBank and BJPA share online search and other functionality which will give users simultaneous access to the DataBank and BJPA collections. We invite you to visit the new DataBank website at, explore our holdings and resources – including the newly updated Comparisons of Jewish Communities – and find out more about us.

The DataBank is also maintaining its academic partnership with the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, which managed the North American Jewish Data Bank for the past nine years under Director Arnold Dashefsky, and with assistance from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.  Under Arnie’s leadership, the Data Bank’s holdings were greatly increased, important resources were developed, and academic connections were strengthened.  We are extremely thankful for all Arnie and his team at UConn did to build and strengthen the Data Bank during its tenure there, and we are very pleased to announce that Arnie will be staying on as Director Emeritus of the Berman Jewish DataBank.

If you have any questions or comments about the Berman Jewish DataBank – including the new website, the transition of management to The Jewish Federations of North America, and our partnerships with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and the University of Connecticut – please be in touch with us at We look forward to hearing from you.