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Jewish Americans in 2020


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Primary Researchers

Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research

Research Team        

Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher Claire Gecewicz, Research Associate Kiana Cox, Research Associate Justin Nortey, Research Assistant Conrad Hackett, Associate Director of Research and Senior Demographer Anne Fengyan Shi, Senior Researcher Ariana Monique Salazar, Research Analyst Jacob Ausubel, Research Assistant   

Methods Team         

Courtney Kennedy, Director of Survey Research Andrew Mercer, Senior Research Methodologist Nick Bertoni, Senior Panel Manager Nick Hatley, Research Analyst Arnold Lau, Research Analyst

Editorial and Graphic Design

Michael Lipka, Editorial Manager Jeff Diamant, Senior Writer/Editor Dalia Fahmy, Senior Writer/Editor David Kent, Senior Copy Editor Bill Webster, Senior Information Graphics Designer

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Associate Director, Digital Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer Shajia Abidi, Associate Web Developer Anna Schiller, Senior Communications Manager Kelsey Beveridge, Communications Associate

Others at Pew Research Center who contributed to this report include Claudia Deane, Vice President of Research; Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Global Migration and Demography Research; Neil G. Ruiz, Associate Director of Global Migration and Demography Research; Jocelyn Kiley, Associate Director of Research; Kim Parker, Director of Social Trends Research; Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Associate Director of Research; and Gracie Martinez, Administrative Coordinator. In addition, former Pew Research Center Senior Copy Editor Aleksandra Sandstrom contributed to the survey instrument, mailing and other study materials and Senior Administrative Coordinator Clara Huergo contributed to logistics and planning.

Pew Research Center is grateful to a panel of expert advisers who gave advice on all stages of this report: Sergio DellaPergola, Professor Emeritus and former Chair, The A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ari Y Kelman, Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies, Stanford University Graduate School of Education; Ariela Keysar, Demographer, Senior Fellow in the Public Policy and Law Program at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut; Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Senior Director of Research and Analysis, Jewish Federations of North America; Arielle Levites, Managing Director of the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) at George Washington University; Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles; Jennifer Rosenberg, Director of Foundations & Grants at Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty; Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy at Brandeis University and Director of the university’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute; Michelle Shain, Assistant Director of the Orthodox Union’s Center for Communal Research; and Emily Sigalow, Executive Director, Impact and Performance Assessment Department, UJA Federation of New York.

In addition, the Center would like to thank the following for their expertise and perspectives on particular issues: Shelli Aderman, Director of Rabbinic Programs at Clal; Rabbi Aaron Alexander of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.; Dov Ben-Shimon, Executive Vice President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ; Mijal Bitton, Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America; Judit Bokser Liwerant, Professor of Political Science at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and President of the Association for Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ); Rabbi Daniel Bouskila of Westwood Village Synagogue in Los Angeles, California; Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR in Los Angeles, California; Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue in New York, New York; Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Director of NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Program); Stacie Cherner, Director of Learning and Evaluation, Jim Joseph Foundation; Brigitte Dayan, lay leader in Manhattan’s Sephardic community; Rabbi Ron Fish of Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts; Rabbi Tuvia Fried, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of West Lawrence in Far Rockaway, New York; Adina Frydman, Chief Executive Officer of Young Judaea Global; Rabbi Yisrael Gelb, former Executive Director of Agudath Israel of California; Bruce D. Haynes, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis; Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – the National Synagogue in Washington, D.C.; Rabba Sara Hurwitz, President of Maharat and Rabba at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Riverdale, New York; Jared Jackson, Executive Director of Jews in ALL Hues; Rella Kaplowitz, Senior Program Officer for Evaluation and Learning, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies; Aaron Katler, Chief Executive Officer of UpStart; Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative; Rabbi Leora Kaye, Director of Partnerships and Collaboration, Union for Reform Judaism; Aliza Kline, Chief Executive Officer of OneTable; Rabbi Enid Lader of Beth Israel – The West Temple in Cleveland, Ohio; Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Director of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Reconstructing Judaism; Rabbi Mark Mallach of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, New Jersey; Rabbi Moshe Matz, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of Florida; Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield, Missouri; Aliya Saperstein, Associate Professor of Sociology and Benjamin Scott Crocker Professor in Human Biology, Stanford University; Rabbi Michael Satz of Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, New Jersey; Rabbi Motti Seligson, Director of Media Relations, Chabad-Lubavitch; Rabbi Jay Siegel of Congregation Beth Shalom in Santa Clarita, California; Rabbi Howard Stecker of Temple Israel of Great Neck in Great Neck, New York; Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I in Washington, D.C.; Elizabeth Tighe, Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University; Jack Wertheimer, Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary; and Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California.

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