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We are pleased to make available UJC's Report Series on the National Jewish Population Survey, as well as PowerPoint presentations on NJPS. These in-depth reports and presentations cover a variety of topics of importance to the American Jewish community. All materials are easily downloadable as PDF files. More reports and presentations are being added, so be sure to bookmark this page.

For additional questions, please contact the NJPS information line at 1-888-711-4490 or e-mail us at NJPS@ujc.org.

Special reports from the NJPS 2000-01 include:

  • Demographic Groups
  • Jewish Education
  • Religious Denominations
  • Israel
  • Geography
  • Philanthropic Giving
  • Special Topics:
    • Nazi Victims Now Residing in the United States
    • Findings on Employment and Vocational Issues
    • Economic Vulnerability in the American Jewish Population
    • Volunteerism Among American Jews

Demographic Groups

Title: American Jewish Elderly (PDF)
This report examines the American Jewish elderly, who comprise an increasing proportion of the Jewish population. The elderly population is divided into two groups – the young elderly (age 65-74) and the old elderly (age 75 and over). Comparisons are drawn among the two elderly groups and other Jewish adults with respect to demographic characteristics, health and social service needs, and Jewish connections. A concluding section highlights implications for communal policy making and planning. >> Download this report

Ttitle: Jewish Immigrants in the United States (PDF)
This report analyzes recent Jewish immigrants to the United States, with a special focus on immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The report discusses central demographic features of the immigrant population; examines the economic status, health and social service needs of immigrants; and addresses key Jewish characteristics of immigrants. The report concludes by discussing communal policy and planning implications that arise from the findings. >> Download this report

Title: Jewish College Students (PDF)
This report provides a demographic breakdown of Jewish college and graduate students. It also compares Jewish college students to other Jewish adults on a variety of general and Jewish behavioral, attitudinal, and ritual measures.

On many of these measures this report also compares college students with two born Jewish parents to college students with one born Jewish parent. >> Download this report

Title: Jewish Adults Ages 18-29 (PDF)
This report offers a demographic breakdown of Jewish adults age 18-24 and 25-29. It also compares Jewish adults age 18-24 with older Jews (age 25-29 and age 30+) on a variety of Jewish behaviors, experiences and attitudes. >> Download this report

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Jewish Education

Title: Jewish Education of Jewish Children (PDF)
This report examines the Jewish education of today's Jewish children. It provides population estimates of how many Jewish children participate in various types of Jewish education, including formal schooling, informal experiences and early childhood programs. The report  focuses on the association between parents' characteristics -- both demographic and Jewish -- and children's Jewish education. The findings show that parents' Jewish connections are strongly related to the type of Jewish education children are receiving, while parents' demographic characteristics are only moderately associated with children's Jewish education. A concluding section highlights key policy implications of the findings for the Jewish communal system.  >> Download this report

Title: Adult Jewish Education (PDF)
This report analyzes Jewish adults who participated in adult Jewish education during the year that NJPS was being conducted.  The first portion of this report details factors associated with participation in adult Jewish education; which groups are more likely to participate? The second portion of this report compares adult Jewish learners with those who did not participate in adult Jewish education across a variety of factors, such as age, secular education and communal affiliations. >> Download this report

Title: Jewish Educational Background: Trends and Variations Among Today's Jewish Adults (PDF)
This report examines the extent to which today's Jewish adults engaged in both formal and informal Jewish education in their youth. It also looks at trends and variations in educational participation, seeking to understand how patterns of use have changed over time, and how educational choices vary by such factors as age, gender, region, parents' Jewishness, and religious denomination. >> Download this report

Title: The Impact of Childhood Jewish Education on Adults' Jewish Identity (PDF)
This report analyzes today's Jewish adults on a variety of Jewish behaviors and attitudes, and assesses the impact of both formal and informal Jewish education during childhood upon their current Jewish identity. Recognizing that a strong Jewish environment during childhood is also associated with a strong adult Jewish identity, this report also employs statistical controls so that the specific impact of Jewish education can be examined apart from other environmental effects. >> Download this report

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Religious Denominations

Title: American Jewish Religious Denominations (PDF)
This report examines denominational identity in two ways: self-identification (including those who call themselves "just Jewish") and synagogue membership.  Overall denominational population estimates and percentages are provided, as are trends involving switching into and out of the various movements. Detailed comparisons between denominational categories are then given, as are selected comparisons between self-identified and synagogue Jews by denominational category. The final section consists of analytic conclusions and selected policy questions raised by the denominational findings in the preceding sections. >> Download this report

Title: Orthodox Jews (PDF)
This report profiles the Orthodox Jewish population in America, providing population estimates, demographic data, statistics on "switching" into and out of this denomination, findings on selected Jewish behaviors and attitudes, and intermarriage rates. >> Download this report

Title: Conservative Jews (PDF)
This report profiles the Conservative Jewish population in America, providing population estimates, demographic data, statistics on "switching" into and out of this denomination, findings on selected Jewish behaviors and attitudes, and intermarriage rates. >> Download this report

Title: Reform Jews (PDF)
This report profiles the Reform Jewish population in America, providing population estimates, demographic data, statistics on "switching" into and out of this denomination, findings on selected Jewish behaviors and attitudes, and intermarriage rates. >> Download this report

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Israel

Title: Israel Connections and American Jews (PDF)
This report assesses the connections between American Jews and Israel in two ways. First, it looks at Israel visits -- what percent of U.S. Jews have ever visited, how many visits they have made, for how long they have stayed, and whether these visits were under Jewish organizational auspices.  It also describes perceived obstacles to visiting. Second, the report examines American Jewish attitudes and emotional attachments toward Israel. Overall percentages for Israel connections are provided, followed by a detailed analysis of how these attachments vary by age, region, secular education, denomination, affiliation and in-marriage/intermarriage. A final section highlights key policy implications of the findings for the Jewish communal system. >> Download this report

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Geography

Title: Geographic Differences Among American Jews (PDF)
This report examines differences among American Jews based on geography. Two geographic measures are used: the four U.S. Census regions and four levels of Jewish population density. The report analyzes how Jews who live in different regions and different sectors of Jewish population density vary in terms of key demographic factors and Jewish connections. The report draws implications from the findings for communal planning and policy making, especially in areas outside traditional Jewish residence. >> Download this report

Title: Jews in the West (PDF)
This report profiles Jews living in the Western region of the United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). Regional breakdowns are provided for the following topics: demography, Jewish connections, Jewish education, poverty/low income, health, immigrants and the elderly. >> Download this report

Title: Jews in the Midwest (PDF)
This report profiles Jews living in the Midwestern region of the United States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin). Regional breakdowns are provided for the following topics: demography, Jewish connections, Jewish education, poverty/low income, health, immigrants and the elderly. >> Download this report

Title: New Jersey Jews (PDF)
This report contrasts Jews living in the state of New Jersey with other Jews in the Northeastern region of the United States (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont). Topics covered include: demography, Jewish connections, philanthropy, intermarriage, Israel, poverty/low income and health. >> Download this report

Title: Jews in Small Communities (PDF)
This report profiles the estimated 15% of the total American Jewish population who live outside the forty largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States. Topics covered include: demography, Jewish connections, poverty/low income, immigrants and health. >> Download this report

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Philanthropic Giving

Title: Philanthropic Giving Among American Jews (PDF)
This report examines three different types of philanthropic giving: Federation campaigns specifically, Jewish causes other than Federation, and causes not sponsored by Jewish organizations. It demonstrates how these three types of philanthropy among American Jews vary by region, Jewish affiliation, income and age. >> Download this report

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Special Topics

Title: Nazi Victims Now Residing in the United States (PDF)
This report examines Nazi Victims living in the United States today, concentrating on the demographic, social and economic characteristics of Victims as they age and potentially become more dependent on Jewish communal and public resources. Two sets of comparisons run through the report. First, Victims are compared to non-victims of the same age. Second, two segments of the Victim population -- those who arrived in the United States in 1965 or before, and those who came to live here after 1965 -- are compared with each other. >> Download this report

Title: Findings on Employment and Vocational Issues (PDF)
This report focuses on the estimated 17% of Jewish adults who are potential clients of vocational service agencies. Comparisons between potential clients and other Jewish adults are made on a wide variety of demographic, social, health-related and Jewish issues. >> Download this report

Title: Economic Vulnerability in the American Jewish Population (PDF)
This report examines economic vulnerability, as measured by low household income, among American Jews. The report provides estimates of the low income population, and shows how low income varies by numerous social factors. It also compares characteristics of the low income population with others, and then investigates the health, social service and communal consequences of having low income. A concluding section raises policy questions for the Jewish communal system regarding economic vulnerability among American Jews. >> Download this report

Title: Volunteerism Among American Jews (PDF)
This report analyzes volunteerism in the American Jewish community. It provides estimates of the number of Jews who volunteered for Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in the year prior to their NJPS interview, and then examines how demographic characteristics and Jewish connections are associated with volunteerism. A concluding section discusses implications of the findings, including in-reach and outreach strategies for increasing levels of communal volunteerism. >> Download this report

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Featured Report

Israel Connections and American Jews

Format: PDF
This report assesses the connections between American Jews and Israel in two ways. First, it looks at Israel visits -- what percent of U.S. Jews have ever visited, how many visits they have made, for how long they have stayed, and whether these visits were under Jewish organizational auspices.  It also describes perceived obstacles to visiting. Second, the report examines American Jewish attitudes and emotional attachments toward Israel. Overall percentages for Israel connections are provided, followed by a detailed analysis of how these attachments vary by age, region, secular education, denomination, affiliation and in-marriage/intermarriage. A final section highlights key policy implications of the findings for the Jewish communal system.
>>Download this report