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How the study was done

It took 230,000 phone calls to more than 70,000 phone numbers to complete the 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study conducted over a three-month period by a staff under the direction of University of Miami Department of Geography chair Ira Sheskin.

The calls were done using a “random digit dialing” method. Also used were call lists from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and calls to phone numbers in published phone directories of those with distinctive Jewish names. The effort resulted in 550 interviews of people in Jewish households. Of the 550 completed interviews, 192 were from randomly dialed numbers, 302 from the Federation call list and 56 from those called because they had distinctive Jewish names such as Levy or Goldstein.

Sheskin and his staff have conducted scores of similar Jewish community studies throughout the country. While some of the questions in the survey were specific to Pinellas and Pasco counties, a number of them were general questions that could apply to many Jewish communities, and it is through those questions that comparisons were drawn between our local Jewish community and, in some cases, up to 60 other Jewish communities.

Topics covered in the survey include geographic profile, migration, age distribution, household size and structure, marital status, secular education and employment status, household income, Jewish identification, religious practices, intermarriage, synagogue attendance/ membership/attendance, sense of involvement/feeling part of Jewish community, Jewish education, familiarity with and assessment of local Jewish organizations, social service needs, the Jewish elderly, Israel, anti-Semitism, philanthropy, and a political profile.

To read the full study or summaries, go to Berman Jewish Databank, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America at jewishdatabank.org.


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