The 2013 Jewish Community Needs Assessment Study of Southern New Jersey

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

Principal Investigator(s): The Melior Group

Population Estimates:

The number of Jewish households is estimated at 21,575 for the three counties, with the Jewish population estimated at 56,700.




Key Findings:

• According to the 2013 Jewish Community Needs Assessment Study of Southern New Jersey, the current Jewish population in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties is estimated at 56,700 people living in 21,575 households.

• While interconnected on many levels, each county within the Southern New Jersey Federation -  Burlington, Camden, Gloucester -  has its own distinct profile, demographics, Jewish behaviors and Jewish behaviors.

• 61% of the Jewish population resides in Camden County, 28% in Burlington and 11% in Gloucester  County.

• More newcomers tend to settle in Burlington and Gloucester Counties rather than in Camden County, but the Camden County population has remained strong since the last community study.

• Approximately two-of-three Jewish households do NOT include children under age 18.

• The number of Jewish children age 18 and under has remained somewhat stable in the Jewish community with only a 6 percent decline over the past 13 years.

• While 48% of children ages 5-18 are enrolled in a Jewish day school or a religious school, enrollment in almost all Jewish education settings has declined 25 percent since the year 2000.

• There is a small, but measurable presence of individuals who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender).

• Overall, the study shows a high level of Jewish engagement, yet there are changing patterns of involvement in the community.  

• The tri-county area Jewish community is supportive of more than one dozen Jewish denominations/movements (those identifying with the Reform and Conservative movements are the largest)

• The Orthodox and 'Just Jewish' sectors of the community are showing growth.

• The study also shows a wide array of challenges including disabilities, financial concerns, and social/emotional issues facing community members;

• Seniors comprise a large part of the community and their population is most likely growing over time, especially the cohort age 75 and over, increasing the need for services.


3,175 Jewish adults completed the 2013 survey, either online or in a telephone interview.


Sample Size: 3,175 Interviews (phone and Internet combined)

Sample Notes:

Data collection was a combination of telephone interviewing and Internet survey completion by 3,175 respondents, with several alternative routes for respondents to participate. .

"Using the latest trend in surveying, the methodology was a multi-channel design to encourage maximum participation. From an inbound perspective, respondents could voluntarily call a designated phone line at the call center or take the survey online at the Jewish Pop website. From an outbound perspective, respondents could participate in the survey when they received a phone call or through a unique survey link embedded in an email they received."

Number of Interviews: Internet completed 2963 (1,124 "outbound" and 1,839 "inbound") plus 212 telephone interviews (152 "outbound" and 60 "inbound")

Slide 4 of the Jewish Identity, Engagement and Education presentation (right side of this overview page) has a clear summary of the interviewing data sources.

Study Notes:

Multiple reports are available for downloading (see right side of this overview page).

• The first Community Summary Presentation of Results ("Community Presentation Summary") provides a quick overview of the 2013 study and results.

• A  one page "Infographic" highlights  several aspects of the 2013 Study, with a focus on community impact.

• The presentation on "Jewish Identity, Engagement and Education" provides an excellent overview of the 2013 study process and results.  It has an exceptionally useful section on "Conclusions and Interpretations" on slides 33-40, including a "Big Picture" section.

• Several additional topical presentations are also available for downloading, including seniors and special needs.

• Each of the three counties has a separate Presentation report -  comparisons among Camden, Burlington and Gloucester are of great importance for policy decisions in the Southern New Jersey Jewish world.


No data file is currently available for the 2013 study.

There are three extensive cross-tabulation analyses in a "stubs" and "banners" format which provide detailed analysis of the entire survey data results.  Two provide details on all questions, while the third focuses on child-related questions, analyzing the data by the age of child in the household and then simultaneously by age of child and county of residence. While the first community presentation notes that the data are weighted - - "The data was weighted using the U.S. Census and Jewish county population estimates contained in the Steinhardt Institute American Jewish Population Estimates: 2012 (Brandeis University) as a base." - - the three cross-tabulation documents are unweighted.


The Berman Jewish DataBank suggests that any comparisons to the 1991 Southern New Jersey community study by made very cautiously due to the studies' different methodologies and changes in the survey research environment during the time between the studies.

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