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As you may know, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, in conjunction with our local synagogues and agencies, is embarking on a Jewish community study.  The study will determine the number of individuals and households in the greater St. Louis Jewish community and collect information about their behavior, perceptions and attitudes. The findings, which will be widely communicated, will help inform community planning, allocations and programming efforts for Jewish agencies and institutions for the next decade.

The last time such a demographic study was conducted was 1995. The Jewish world has changed dramatically since that time nationally, with new programs and platforms for engagement joining traditional vehicles like synagogues and Jewish community centers. To keep our own local community vibrant and vital, the data we gather will be critical to guide us in planning efforts.

Where do you fit in? Well, this study is really all about you—it’s a snapshot of our community, and we can’t do it without the cooperation of the members of our community. We expect that Jewish Policy & Action Research (JPAR), the firm conducting the study will start making calls to community members this Spring. If you get a call, please answer it and take the time to answer the survey questions. The process will take you only about 15 to 20 minutes, but the knowledge we gain will help our community into the future.

We want to hear what you have to say! Your voice is important to us, so please pick up the call and agree to answer the questions. I am so excited to learn more about our community so we make it even better.