Washington, DC - 2014 Findings From A Survey Of 1000 Jewish Residents In The Greater Washington DC Area

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Principal Investigator(s): Mark S. Mellman

Population Estimates:

The 2014 Washington, DC Jewish interview study was deliberately designed by The Mellman Group NOT to be a Jewish population study for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washsington.  As noted in the slide show, "This is not a census or a population study."

The goal of the study was to "...survey the attitudes, views, wants and desires of the Greater Washington D.C. Jewish community....This research also gauged the priorities for
current and potential programs and services."

Indeed, previous Jewish population estimates of the Greater Washington, DC Jewish community are not included in the 98 slide summary presentation.

• Prior Jewish population estimates for Washington, DC were 215,000 Jewish persons in 2003, 182,700 in 1983 and 157,300 in 1956.  All reports and additional files from these studies are available at the Berman Jewish DataBank via the links on the left side of this Overview page.

Key Findings:

Key Findings from the 2014 survey are listed at the beginning of the public presentation slide set; the remainder of the presentation provides in-depth data from the Jewish survey respondents on each of these topics.

  ► Levels Of Jewish Engagement Vary Greatly 

  ► Being Jewish Is Seen As Important, “Doing Jewish” Less So

  ► Personal Connections With Israel Depend Greatly On Religiosity

  ► Most Do Not Feel Strongly Connected To Washington's Jewish Community

  ► Most Don’t Prioritize Jewish Organizations In Their Charitable Giving

 ► Nearly All View Jewish Community Organizations Favorably, Though A Third Are  Unfamiliar With JFGW [Jewish Federation of Greater Washington]

 ►The Community Is Seen Very Positively – But The Less Involved Have Divergent Opinions On Shared Values, Spiritual Fulfillment and Providing Important Services

► Community Service, Social Programs and Cultural Activities Are The Most Appealing, But Most Have Relatively Small Constituencies

► Keeping “A Jewish Connection” Is The Biggest Draw For Programs And Activities In The Community, Along With Shared Bonds and The Social Element

► Death & Aging Are The Issues Which Would Bring Respondents To Jewish Social Service Agencies

► Across Age, Respondents Turn To The Internet/Email, Newsletters & Synagogues For Information About Programs/Services


1,000 Jewish adults in Greater Washington, DC area interviewed from November 20, 2014 to December 18, 2014.

• Geographically, 14% of interviews from the city of Washington, DC, 51% from Maryland and 35% from Virginia.

• Multi-mode sampling methodology: (a)  Jewish name algorithm, (b) Direct response lists (self-identified Jews), with (c) RDD  -  random digit dialing -
in neighborhoods with concentrated Jewish population

No additional sampling details available in the publicly released slide set.

Margin of error for survey responses reported as +/- 3.1%


Language: English