You may be asked to be part of Federation's 2009 Jewish Population Study. Beginning Monday, March 23, more than 132,000 phone numbers will be dialed by the staff of Social Science Research Solutions toward the goal of completing 1,200 interviews. One Jewish adult from each contacted household will participate in the telephone interview, expected to take between 20 and 25 minutes. All of the data is completely confidential.
Phone calls will be made every Sunday through Thursday evening for the next 10 to 12 weeks, except Passover or during periods when Federation is conducting phone-a-thons, such as the upcoming March Madness campaign from Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 2.
The study, conducted every 10 years, will address important questions about Jewish identity and affiliation, patterns of mobility, household characteristics, socio-demographics and population estimates.
Federation President Leonard Barrack calls the study "an invaluable planning and assessment tool."
He says that "the data will guide our funding decisions in ways that best serve community needs; enhance our strategic philanthropy efforts by enabling us to target prospective donors groups and will help us to identify and engage volunteer leadership."
Federation CEO Ira M. Schwartz comments: "Study results will help us to determine how the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community compares and/or contrasts with other communities of similar size, and with Jews nationally," he says, adding that "it will be interesting to see how our Jewish community profile has changed since the last study was conducted in 1996/97."
Barrack adds that it's "imperative that the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community fully participate in the telephone surveys conducted by SSRS interviewers. This is an important opportunity to ensure an accurate accounting of our community's size and make-up."
Dr. Etienne Phipps, director of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network's Center for Urban Health Policy and Research, will serve as project director for the study.
For more information, contact the Jewish Information and Referral Service, at 215-832-0821, or [email protected] .