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Demographic Characteristics of JCC Members: Comparisons with Affiliated and Unaffiliated Jews in the United States

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Publication Date: April 2006

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen

Funder(s): Florence G. Heller-JCC Association Research Center

Funder(s): Florence G. Heller-JCC Association Research Center

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish community centers

Type: Report


Which Jews join Jewish Community Centers in the United States? How do JCC members differ from other American Jews in terms of their age, family configurations, social status and other major socio-demographic characteristics?
The profile of the current membership of Jewish Community Centers has a direct bearing upon Centersâ ongoing efforts to recruit and retain JCC members. Knowing who the JCCs currently reach can suggest the sort of constituencies that may be most amenable for further membership recruitment efforts. And, knowing who the JCCs fail to attract can provide clues to the sorts of barriers that inhibit Jews from joining Jewish Community Centers.