Community Study

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Jewish Federation of St. Louis, in conjunction with local synagogues and other Jewish organizations, launched a study of the St. Louis area’s Jewish community in 2014 to determine its size, geographic distribution, socioeconomic, religious, and cultural attributes. The Study was released in February 2015. The St. Louis Jewish Community Study is used to inform community planning, allocations, and programming efforts for Jewish agencies and organizations.

So much has changed since our last Community Study in 2014, and we are eager to obtain new data to help us move forward as a community. In 2023, Jewish Federation of St. Louis is launching a new Community Study that will generate accurate and actionable data that will inform planning and strategy for all local Jewish organizations for years to come. For more information on the 2023 Community Study click here.









If you have questions about the 2014 St. Louis Jewish Community Study findings, email


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Jewish Federation of St. Louis has explored several issues in depth using data from the St. Louis Jewish Community


About the Community Study

The St. Louis Jewish Community Study is funded in part by a generous gift from Terry and Harvey Hieken. Additional support has been provided by the Lubin-Green Foundation, the Morton J. and Morton D. May Fund of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, two anonymous donors, and community donors like you.

The study was conducted by Jewish Policy & Action Research (JPAR), an independent agency that is a strategic alliance between Ukeles Associates, Inc and Social Science Research Solutions. JPAR’s researchers include Professor Steven M. Cohen, Dr. Jacob B. Ukeles, Dr. Ron Miller, Dr. Susan Sherr and Dr. David Dutwin, and it has conducted 20 previous studies of Jewish communities in the United States.

Les Sterman, who served for 26 years as executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the region’s chief planning body, chaired the Community Study Advisory Committee.



Study Leadership 2014-15

Les Sterman, Chair, Advisory Committee, St. Louis Jewish Community Study

St. Louis Jewish Community Study Advisory Committee
Ruth Raskas, Vice Chair, Planning & Allocations
Gerry Greiman, Vice Chair, Strategic Planning
Barry Seeskin, Emily Stein MacDonald, Harvey Hieken, Jeff Glogower, Karen Tabak, Mark Levin, Michael Novack, Neil Marglous, Paul Kravitz, Greg Yawitz

Technical Advisors
Andrew Martin, Ph.D., Dean, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan
Betsy Sinclair, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis

Susan Scribner, Manager, St. Louis Jewish Community Study
Stephen Cohen, Vice President, Planning & Allocations

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Patty Croughan, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President and CEO