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NJPS: National Technical Advisory Committee Biographies
The National Technical Advisory Committee was established in 1986 to help ensure the quality of research sponsored by Jewish federations. Through its collaborative efforts with the UJC Research Department, the NTAC played an essential role in the design and development of the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01.

Chiswick, Carmel, Ph.D.
DellaPergola, Sergio, Ph.D.
Friedman, Peter, Ph.D.
Fruehauf, Norbert
Goldstein, Alice
Goldstein, Sidney, Ph.D.
Horowitz, Bethamie, Ph.D.
Israel, Sherry, Ph.D.
Keysar, Ariela, Ph.D.
Klaff, Vivian, Ph.D., z"l
Levine, Daniel B.
Marker, David, Ph.D.
Mayer, Egon, Ph.D., z"l
Mott, Frank, Ph.D.
Phillips, Bruce, Ph.D.
Sheskin, Ira, Ph.D.
Sudman, Seymour, Ph.D., z"l
Verbit, Mervin F., Ph.D.
Waksberg, Joseph, M.S., z"l
Ziffer, Lawrence

Chiswick, Carmel, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago

Carmel Chiswick is Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In addition to her important contributions on the economics of Judaism, she has written extensively on the economic aspects of household work, family formation, the impact of immigrants, the emergence of professional occupations, and religion.  She has worked with economists at several Israeli universities and has written extensively about economic issues related to the Jewish population.

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DellaPergola, Sergio, Ph.D.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Sergio DellaPergola is Professor and former Chairman at the A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is the leading international authority on the demography of the world Jewish population.  His experience in survey research as a practitioner and a consultant to surveys conducted in many countries under many different conditions make him an expert in the combination of policy and research.  His published work has dealt with the Jewish family, Jewish education in the Diaspora, Jewish identity, international migration of Jews to Israel and to western countries, and the residential distribution of Jews in large cities.  He has been a consultant to the Jerusalem Municipality, the Council of Jewish Federations, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Center for Policy Studies, and to Jewish community organizations in Western Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Israel.

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Friedman, Peter, Ph.D.
Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

Peter Friedman is an Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.  He has been extensively involved in Jewish communal research and planning projects in Chicago and at the national level, including supervision of two local Jewish population studies for the metropolitan Chicago Jewish community.  He has utilized his background in policy analysis to address issues of how to apply the data and findings of population studies to federated community and agency decision-making. 

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Fruehauf, Norbert
Consultant

Norbert Fruehauf was Director of the Planning and Research Division of the Council of Jewish Federations (now UJC) for over a decade until his retirement in 1998.  He joined CJF in 1983 and had as his primary responsibilities community and financial planning, allocations, budgeting, national agency relations and research.  Since his retirement, Norbert has consulted with a number of federations.  Prior to joining CJF, Norbert had been a Director of several local federations.

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Goldstein, Alice
Brown University
 
Alice Goldstein is a Senior Researcher (Emeritus) at the Population Studies and Training Center of Brown University.  She is an internationally recognized researcher on issues of economic development, internal migration, and fertility.  She has also done extensive work on Jewish populations, including analysis using NJPS 1990 data, of the interrelation among socio-demographic characteristics, strength of Jewish identity, and intensity of Jewish education.  In addition to her role as a member of NTAC, she has been actively involved in the design and analysis of several Jewish population studies at the community level.  Most recently, she (together with her husband Sidney Goldstein) has used NJPS 1990 to profile the Conservative Jewish population.  Ms. Goldstein is an active member of her Jewish community, having served as President of the Rhode Island Bureau of Jewish Education and Chair of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island Continuity Commission.  She is currently a member of the Rhode Island Federation Board of Directors.

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Goldstein, Sidney, Ph.D.
Brown University

Sidney Goldstein is George H. Crooker University Professor (Emeritus), Professor of Population Studies and Sociology (Research) at Brown University and former Director of Brown's Population Studies and Training Center.  Recognized as the dean of research in the field of Jewish population studies in the United States and overseas, he served as President of the Population Association of America, is an internationally recognized scholar and a United Nations consultant on matters related to social policy and research on populations at all levels of development.  He is a recent recipient of the Laureate Award in Social Science from the National Foundation in Jewish Culture for his work on the demography of American Jews.  He founded and chaired the National Technical Advisory Committee on Jewish population studies from 1986 to 1995, which collaborated with the CJF Research Department in developing and implementing the NJPS 1990 study.  He also served as co-editor of the NJPS 1990 monograph series, was a co-author of the 1990 NJPS "Highlights" report, and has written extensively on a variety of issues, particularly migration and residential distribution of the Jewish population. 

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Horowitz, Bethamie, Ph.D.
Mandel Foundation, Israel

Bethamie Horowitz, a social psychologist, is the Research Director at the Mandel Foundation, Israel.  She is the author of the 2000 study, "Connection and Journeys: Assessing Critical Opportunities for Enhancing Jewish Identity," commissioned by UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.  She co-authored the 1997 study, "Power and Parity: The Role of Women and Men on the Boards of Major Jewish Organizations," sponsored by Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project.  At UJA-Federation of New York, where she was Director of Planning and Research from 1991-96, she directed the 1991 New York Jewish Population Study, a social survey of the largest urban Jewish population in the world.  Her monograph about the Jews of New York was published in 1993.

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Israel, Sherry, Ph.D.
Brandeis University (Retired)

Sherry Israel, a social psychologist, was Associate Professor at the Hornstein Program of Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University until her retirement in August 2003. Prior to assuming that position, she was Senior Planning Associate at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. She was the planner and research director for the 1985 and 1995 Boston Jewish community surveys that are considered to be groundbreaking projects in the area of social planning. She is highly experienced in both the policy and the data content aspects of surveys. She consults with a variety of Jewish organizations on diverse topics, including program evaluation, Jewish identity development, board and organizational dynamics, conflict resolution and community building. She is co-chair of the Jewish continuity sub-committee for NJPS 2000-01.

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Keysar, Ariela, Ph.D.
CUNY Graduate Center
 
Ariela Keysar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She is the Associate Director of "The College Years 2002-2003: The Third Stage of the Longitudinal Study of Conservative Jews," sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  Skilled in advanced statistical methods and survey research, she designs questionnaires, oversees fieldwork, analyzes data, and writes reports.  She co-authored the book, The Next Generation: American Jewish Children and Adolescents, based on her extensive analysis of NJPS 1990.

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Klaff, Vivian, Ph.D., z”l
University of Delaware
Co-Chair, NTAC

Vivian Klaff was Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Delaware.  In Israel he worked as Research Associate at the Guttman Israel Institute for Applied Social Research in Jerusalem where he did public opinion survey research.  He worked at the Population Dynamics Group at the University of Illinois in developing computer software programs for the U.S. government.  He also was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University working on issues of urban ecology of the Jews.  As an active member of the NTAC, he had written on a number of issues related to NJPS 1990 and the American Jewish population, including the family, continuity and population projection.  He had published a book on Computer Methods and articles on a variety of issues in social demography.  He also was a member of the Delaware Jewish Federation Board.

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Levine, Daniel B.
Consultant

Dan Levine is a statistical consultant and recognized international expert in the areas of survey methodology, and census design, implementation, and management.  Public sector clients he has serviced include the Departments of Education, Commerce, and Labor, the Energy Information Agency, and the National Science Foundation.  In the private sector, he has advised NBC, General Motors, Infiniti, and Westat.  Mr. Levine spent more than thirty years with the U.S. Bureau of the Census, where he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director.  Subsequently, he was a Senior Associate with the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences.  He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and the recipient of the Silver and Gold Medal Awards of the Department of Commerce and the Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executive Service.

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Marker, David, Ph.D.
Westat

David Marker is Associate Director and Senior Statistician at Westat with twenty years experience in project management, quality control, survey research, survey evaluation, data analysis, imputation, modeling, market research and small area estimation.  He has worked on projects for the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environment Protection Agency.  He is an internationally recognized consultant in total quality management and has recently consulted for the Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, British and Danish governments on improving the quality of their data collection activities.

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Mayer, Egon, Ph.D. , z”l
Brooklyn College

Egon Mayer was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Brooklyn College. He was an international expert in the areas of intermarriage and the Jewish family, and authored many books and articles on these subjects. He was also a founder of the Jewish Outreach Institute, an organization devoted to promoting the Jewish continuity of interfaith families.

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Mott, Frank, Ph.D.
Ohio State University
Co-Chair, NTAC

Frank Mott is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center For Human Resource Research and Professor of Sociology at the Ohio State University.  He has the major responsibility for administering several national NIH funded surveys of childhood and adolescence.  He has had a major role in supervising and coordinating U.S. Department of Labor sponsored national longitudinal surveys.  He has served as advisor and consultant to many national and international agencies including the United Nations, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Health and Human Services and has assisted in the development of numerous national and community surveys.  His research interests have focused on examining Jewish demographics from a program and policy perspective, and the implications of fertility and intermarriage for the Jewish population.  He has published extensively on topics related to American fertility, female employment, American marriage and divorce, and a variety of developing world demographic issues.

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Phillips, Bruce, Ph.D.
Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles

Bruce Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles.  He has been a leader in the development of new methodologies for improving Jewish demographic studies.  He has worked on demographic and planning studies in Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.  His most recent work, Re-Examining Intermarriage, has stimulated discussion and new policy initiatives throughout the United States and Israel.

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Sheskin, Ira, Ph.D.
University of Miami

Ira Sheskin is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Miami and a Fellow at the university's Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.  He is a leading researcher in the conduct of local Jewish community studies, having directed about thirty such studies.  He has also been a consultant to numerous synagogues, day schools, Jewish agencies, and Jewish Community Centers throughout the country.  In total, he has completed more than ninety studies for over sixty Jewish organizations and commercial concerns.  His numerous publications include the books Survey Research for Geographers and How Jewish Communities Differ: Variations in the Findings of Local Jewish Population Studies.  He is the author of numerous articles on Jewish demography.  He brings a wealth of practical experience in the area of study design, research methodology, and questionnaire construction, and he has a vast knowledge of the policy needs of Jewish communities.  He has interacted with a variety of lay and professional leaders in the process of conducting local community studies.

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Sudman, Seymour, Ph.D. , z”l
University of Illinois

Seymour Sudman was Walter Stellner Professor of Marketing and Deputy Director of the Survey Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Professor Sudman was the author of twenty books and more than two hundred articles dealing with survey methodology.  Among his best-known books are Applied Sampling and Asking Questions.  He was on the editorial boards of five journals and served on the advisory committees for the U.S. Bureau of the Census, The National Center for Educational Statistics and the Energy Information Administration.  He was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a recipient of the American Association for Public Opinion Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.

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Verbit, Mervin F., Ph.D.
Brooklyn College

Mervin F. Verbit is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College.  He is also Director of the Israel Studies Project at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Director of the university's Program for Study in Israel.  Additionally, he serves as a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Director of the Interuniversity Fellowship Program in Jewish Studies.  His areas of expertise are in the sociology of religion and contemporary Jewry.  His past professional positions include President of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, Academic Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank, Chairman of the Continuing Seminar in Zionist Thought, and National Chairman of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East.  He has also served in several leadership positions in national Jewish organizations.

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Waksberg, Joseph, M.S., z"l
Westat

Joseph Waksberg was Chairman of the Board of Westat, with extensive experience in social research, study design and analysis.  He was internationally renowned for his technical competence and contributions to sampling theory and analysis of survey data.  He was co-author of the first reports on the use of Random Digit Dialing for survey research and was recognized as an authority in the field.  Prior to joining Westat he was Associate Director for Statistical Standards and Methodology at the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

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Ziffer, Lawrence
Center for Jewish Education, Baltimore

Lawrence Ziffer is Executive Vice President of the Center for Jewish Education in Baltimore.  For the past twenty-four years he has served as a community planner responsible for federation research, program development and budget review for several large-city federations.  From 1994 until mid-2002, he was Vice President for Community Development for the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.  Previously, he served as Senior Planner at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and Director of Community Planning for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.  He was responsible for supervising and coordinating the 1989 demographic study of the Jewish community of Detroit and the 2000 community study in Baltimore.  He has taught at the Baltimore Hebrew University and has served as a strategic planning resource for a number of Jewish agencies and organizations.

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