Community Study

Community Study

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is pleased to release the findings of our major community study –  A Portrait of Bay Area Jewish Life and Communities*

The Portrait, a major and unprecedented population study of Jews in the Bay Area, is a comprehensive, region-wide assessment of community needs, demographics, and key aspects of Jewish life. This report is commissioned and supported by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

For questions, please contact Amy Spade Silverman, Senior Program Officer, Evaluation and Resilience & Security.

Below are links associated with the Study, which started with two events that will launch a communal process to inform our collective efforts to create a vibrant, caring, and enduring Jewish community.






Julie Golde (former Director of Community Impact, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund) and Rabbi Andrew Kastner (former Director of Community Impact, Jewish Federation of the East Bay) discuss the Portrait on MOSAIC with Rabbi Eric Weiss. MOSAIC is a public service program of KPIX Channel 5, exploring how Bay Area people’s lives are enriched by a diversity of cultural and faith perspectives.


Principal Investigators

Steven M. CohenSteven M. Cohen** is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University. In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught at The Hebrew University, having previously taught at Queens College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Among his books are The Jew Within (with Arnold Eisen), Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experience (with Charles Liebman). He was the lead researcher on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, and consultant to the Pew studies of American Jews (2013) and Israeli society (2015). The author of a dozen scholarly books and hundreds of articles, his op-eds have appeared in Ha’aretz, the Forward, and the Washington Post. While having published on Israeli, Russian, British and Canadian Jewry, his research focuses primarily on the changing nature of American Jewry, its demographic future, and changing relationship with Israel.

Professor Cohen received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, the Marshall Sklare Award, and a National Jewish Book Award. He served for two terms as president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

Jacob B. UkelesJacob B. “Jack” Ukeles is President of Ukeles Associates, Inc. (UAI), one of the first firms to focus on planning and management issues in the Jewish community. UAI has been responsible for over 150 international, national, and community projects, including 22 Jewish community population studies. The most recently completed community studies are of Columbus, St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland and New York.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Fulbright scholar in India.


Survey Team: YouGov

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Dr. Samantha Luks, Managing Director, Scientific Research

Academic Advisors

Professor Susan Folkman, University of California, San Francisco
Professor Ari Kelman, Stanford University
Professor Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Jewish Federations of North America
Professor Aliya Saperstein, Stanford University
Professor Lee Shulman, Stanford University

*Led by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the Portrait is made possible through generous funding by the Jim Joseph Foundation, Koret Foundation, Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Levine-Lent Family Foundation, Lisa & John Pritzker Family Fund, Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust, Sinai Memorial Chapel, Taube Philanthropies, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, and individual donors.

**Please note that we have ended Professor Steven M. Cohen’s involvement on the Portrait. You can read our statement here.