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About the Study Team

Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D.

The 2014 Miami Jewish Population Study is being conducted under the direction of Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami and Director of the Jewish Demography Project of UM's Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

Dr. Sheskin is an authority on demographics and the Jewish community, having conducted three previous population studies for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and 39 similar studies for Jewish communities throughout the United States. He was on the national committee that conducted the 1990 and the 2000 National Jewish Population Survey.

Dr. Sheskin has served on the board of the North American Jewish Data Bank (now the Berman Jewish Data Bank) of The Jewish Federations of North America.

He is the Editor of the American Jewish Year Book and authors the annual article in that volume on the number of Jews in over 900 Jewish communities around the United States. His other books are Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts, which compares measures of demography and religiosity among 55 American Jewish communities and Survey Research for Geographers.

He is past Chair of both the Transportation Geography and Ethnic Geography Specialty Groups of the Association of American Geographers and serves on the Board of the Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation Volunteers

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s 2014 Miami Jewish Population Study Committee is composed of volunteer leadership from across Miami’s Jewish community, who are working closely with Federation Planning professionals. Chaired by Amy Chafetz, the committee includes: Joe Ackerman, Rabbi Chaim Albert, Robert Berrin, Brian Bilzin, Michelle Burger, John Bussel, Rachel Camber, Charles Citrin, Rebecca Dinar, Rabbi Ed Farber, Joseph Givner, Steven Gretenstein, Penny Harris, Todd Heller, Dan Jacobson, Ron Katz, Leah Klein, Laura Koffsky, Paul Kruss, Adam Lustig, Mark Oren, Sam Sheldon, Sami Shiro and Stanley Weinstein.

84th Annual Meeting Honorees

84th Annual Meeting Honorees

Five emerging leaders will be honored for their outstanding leadership at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation 84th Annual Meeting, Thursday, June 2 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard.

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Matching Challenge Fund

Matching Challenge Fund

Join our response to the war in Ukraine by donating to the Ukraine Relief Challenge, and your contribution WILL BE MATCHED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR.

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Apply for Diller Teen Fellows

Apply for Diller Teen Fellows

Apply to be a Diller Teen Fellow before it’s too late! Diller empowers teens from across the globe to become forces of change in their community and beyond.

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PAC Program

PAC Program

Dr. Marc E. Agronin, Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health, and Chief Medical Offer for MIND Institute at Miami Jewish Health, will be the keynote speaker at the second session of a series for Certified Legal Advisors (CLA) presented by Federation’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC) on Wednesday, June 1 at noon.

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