Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle community study and WIJC

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is pleased to announce a partnership with stakeholders cross the community to carry out a comprehensive community study (Whidbey Island Jewish Community is a stakeholder). The study will better enable all Jewish organizations in our area to improve services for our community, plan effectively for the future, and collaborate together.
The study will compile and analyze information about our community’s demographic characteristics, its needs, affiliations, and people’s attitudes on a range of important issues. By convening the community through the study, the Jewish Federation will help enable the entire Jewish community to better set priorities for serving people’s needs, have a positive impact, and put human and financial resources to their most efficient and effective use.
To carry out the study, the Jewish Federation has contracted with the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, a well-regarded academic research institution that has conducted similar studies for Jewish communities across the United States. The Cohen Center will be supported by the University of Washington Survey Research.
In the next few months, the Cohen Center will contact community members at random to conduct 20-minute interviews by phone or email, depending on individuals’ preferences. Participation will be entirely voluntary and individual interviews will be absolutely confidential. The Cohen Center will aggregate information from the interviews for analysis and to frame the study’s conclusions. We expect the study’s results will be available late this year.
If you have questions about the study, please feel free to contact Noa Guter, Planning Manager at the Jewish Federation, at 206.443.5400 or by email at You may also contact Matthew Boxer, Ph.D., the Cohen Center Research Scientist who will lead the Seattle study.
Dr. Boxer can be reached by phone at 781.736.3968 or by email at
We are excited about the opportunities this study will create for our community. With current information, we and our partner organizations will be better able to serve you, your family and the broader community. Thank you.
Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

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