2002-03-16 / Community

UJA Conducts 2002 Population Study

UJA Conducts 2002 Population Study

UJA Conducts 2002 Population Study

Monday, March 11th marked the beginning of an in-depth survey of the Jewish population of the eight-county New York area. The survey, commissioned by UJA-Federation of New York, will interview 4,000 households over the next four to five months. The survey is conducted every ten years.

In announcing the study, Alisa Rubin Kurshan, UJA-Federation vice president, strategic planning, says, "We’re calling on the Jewish community to take the time to participate in the survey. By participating in the survey, you can help ensure a strong, vibrant New York Jewish community into the future. This survey is an invaluable tool for measuring emerging service needs, opportunities for Jewish engagement, and demographic trends within the Jewish community."

UJA-Federation has engaged Dr. Jack Ukeles, president of Ukeles Associates, Inc. to be the principal investigator of the study. Ukeles Associates has conducted Jewish population studies in Philadelphia, Denver, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and other communities. A highly respected interviewing firm, ICR., has been retained to conduct the interviews by telephone. ICR conducted the interviews for the 1990 National Jewish Population Study as well as the 1991 New York Jewish Population Study.

UJA-Federation Population Study Committee Chairs Nicki Tanner and Judah Gribetz urge all New York Jews to respond to the Population Study phone call. "We recognize that everyone gets a lot of calls from telemarketers, but this call is different," says Ms. Tanner. "The survey will help gather the data we need to guide our community decisions over the next decade."

Mr. Gribetz stresses the high level of confidentiality that will be maintained throughout the study. "We will call telephone numbers that have been generated randomly by a computer. All interviews are anonymous and confidential." He adds, "We hope that every household we contact will participate in the survey – we are asking people who are not Jewish to answer just a few questions to help us measure what percent of the community is Jewish. We need the responses of all Jewish people, regardless of connection or affiliation to get a balanced picture of the Jewish population."

Data from the survey is critical to UJA-Federation’s communal service agencies.

"The UJA-Federation agency system plans for services to the Jewish community based on where Jews live in New York, how many of us there are, and what kinds of family configurations we are living in," says Alan Siskind, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

"The more we know about today’s Jewish community – its needs, views, and expectations – the better we can serve the community in the most efficient and effective manner," says Al Miller, CEO of the human-services agency F.E.G.S.

"The Population Study is extremely valuable to us," says William E. Rapfogel, executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. "Past studies have enabled us to better target special needs populations like the frail elderly, the underemployed, at-risk youth, and immigrants." For more information about the 2002 New York Jewish Population Study, call 1-800-905-1656 or visit the UJA-Federation website at www.ujafedny.org.

The world’s largest local philantrophy, UJA-Federation of New York strengthens community and helps 1.4 million persons in New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island, as well as 3 million in Israel and 60 other countries. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of more than 100 health, social-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people’s lives.

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