Singles have long complained of feeling alienated from synagogue and other Jewish communal institutions, whose activities are typically family-centered. Such complaints have spurred the Jewish community to try to address the needs of singles. While many Jewish singles do affiliate with synagogues and havurot and actively participate in Jewish communal life, the large numbers of unaffiliated Jewish singles suggest that the established institutions are not meeting the needs of a significant segment of the Jewish population. These unaffiliated singles are lost to the Jewish community, at least temporarily, and no one is sure why.
The Jewish community lacks information about unaffiliated Jewish singles. This study was designed to begin to learn something about their backgrounds, characteristics, values, and lifestyles. What do unaffiliated Jewish singles think about marriage and family? Is religion and consideration in their dating? If they marry, do they plan to join a synagogue? Do they intend to have children? Do Jewish institutions meet their present needs? What additional services would encourage Jewish singles to move closer to the Jewish community?