Synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, and Other Jewish Organizations: Who Joins, Who Doesn't?

By Ira M. Sheskin, Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Summer 2007

Using data from the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000รข??01, the authors examine patterns of memberships in synagogues, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and other Jewish organizations, and analyze the demographic and Jewish bases of organizational memberships. Multiple memberships are as common as single memberships, the authors find, suggesting organizations might collaborate to increase the overall pool of Jews who join them. Among demographic factors, income, household composition, and marital status are most strongly associated with organizational memberships. Memberships are strongly tied to nearly all other facets of Jewish life, the authors explain, hinting at a polarized Jewish population.

Topic: Community Development, Jewish Organizations, Affiliation, Demography

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Cohen, Genie

Volume/Issue: vol.82/no.3

Page Number(s): 271-285

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Genre: Article

Coverage: North America

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sheskin, Ira M. Kotler-Berkowitz, Laurence. Synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, and Other Jewish Organizations: Who Joins, Who Doesn't?. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Summer 2007: 271-285. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3708


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