2021 Long Beach-Area Jewish Community Study


Jewish Long Beach is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Long Beach-Area Jewish Community Study, the first such comprehensive study of our Jewish community conducted in nearly seven decades. Brandeis University, in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research institution, has launched the study and will be conducting it on our behalf. This project has been commissioned by Jewish Long Beach and is made possible by Jewish Long Beach, The Jewish Federations of North America Research Benchmarking Project, with support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and other funders.

The Long Beach-Area Jewish Community Study serves a number of important functions. The data it yields will provide us with a dynamic understanding of who comprises our Jewish community, how they identify, where they are located, and how many Jewish families and individuals call Long Beach and West Orange County home. Most importantly, the study will help us learn about the gaps in Jewish communal programming and services that currently exist and serve as barriers to affiliation and participation in our Jewish institutions. This study will inform a formal strategic planning process, to be launched once the results are released in mid-2022, that will allow Jewish Long Beach and the Alpert JCC to serve the broadest possible cross-section of our community with greater impact than ever before. Furthermore, all area congregations, agencies, and Jewishly-focused organizations will receive both the final report and the raw data generated by the study. It is the hope of Jewish Long Beach and our leadership that this project raises the tide for every local Jewish institution in fostering Jewish identity and continuity for generations to come.

If you have received an invitation to participate in the survey research associated with this study, any information you provide is completely confidential. Individual responses will not be shared outside of the research team at Brandeis and NORC, and you will not be asked to donate money during the survey, or as a result of your participation.

Please click HERE for more information on the study. If you have questions, please email LBAJCS@norc.org or call 877-295-0025, or contact Sharon Kenigsberg, Jewish Long Beach director of Community Development, at sharonk@jewishlongbeach.org or (562) 426-7601, ext. 1008. We look forward to sharing the results of this exciting process with the community.