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About the 2014 Miami Jewish Population Study

Every decade, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation commissions a comprehensive study of Miami-Dade County's Jewish community to provide a snapshot of who lives here, where they live and where our community is headed. This demographic information helps to create a roadmap for local planners, agencies, congregations and communal organizations to serve changing Jewish needs and interests for years to come.

Participation is critical to the success of this effort. If you receive a phone call for the 2014 Miami Jewish Population Study, please take the time to answer the questions and make your voice heard.

Study Methodology

The 2014 Miami Jewish Population Study will be compiled based on the results of a massive telephone survey project, designed to reach a random sampling of 1,800 Jewish households throughout Miami-Dade County. Calling will take place during 6 weeks, beginning in January 2014.

Working under the guidance of widely respected demographer Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D. of the University of Miami, a team of trained callers will employ a random-digit-dialing system to contact households via telephone landlines and cellular numbers. It is estimated that as many as 70,000 telephone calls may be required to reach 1,800 respondents. To be certain that the largest pool of phone numbers is available to Dr. Sheskin’s team, efforts are under way to collect non-local cell phone numbers. Click here to learn more.

Once a caller reaches a Jewish household, he/she will conduct a survey of standardized questions to determine specific demographic information and related data. Questions have been designed to elicit responses that will build a database about the Miami-Dade County Jewish community’s population size, attitudes, behaviors and needs, as well as population subsets requiring specific community services.

Upon completion of data collection, Dr. Sheskin’s team will analyze the findings and present the results to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, which will share a formal report with the community later in 2014.

Strict Confidentiality

The interviewers will not know and will not ask for your name or address. All information collected by the 2014 Miami Jewish Population Study team will be kept strictly confidential. No personally identifiable details will be linked to the answers and all data will be used solely for purposes of the study. Neither the Greater Miami Jewish Federation nor any other organizations will have access to individual contact information. There will be no solicitation of funds.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s 2014 Jewish Population Study Committee is being chaired by Amy Chafetz. For more information, call Federation at 305.576.4000.

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