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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish Life Network

Author(s): Theodore Sasson

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Program Evaluation; Methodology; Communal Organization

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


Jewish organizations tend to want to know the numbers. Knowing “how many” does matter. So, too, does knowing whether programs are effective on the basis of objective measures. But we also need to know what being Jewish means to people, how they experience participation in Jewish life, and how their Jewish experiences influence their lives. Four areas of Jewish life that would benefit from intensive qualitative research include the synagogue, attachment to Israel, Jewish education, and philanthropy.

In Contact 8:4, Summer 2006, pp 9-10