Planning for the Future
The Federation carries out community research to ensure that Jewish organizations have the information they need to plan ahead for the future and develop programs that will keep Jewish life vibrant and thriving.
The Federation’s 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study offers a wealth of data about the community’s demographics, attitudes, and needs. It was the first such study since 2001. Since 2001, Jewish Puget Sound’s population has grown by 70 percent, with many newcomers bringing diverse ideas about living Jewishly. A follow-up study of community needs and preferences for connecting with Jewish life was carried out in 2016 (see below).
Download individual study chapters:
- Families With Children
- Inmarried and Intermarried Families
- Senior Adults
- Synagogue Members
- Young Adults
- Technical Appendices
The Federation’s 2016 Jewish Neighborhood Connections Study took a deep dive into community needs and preferences for connecting with Jewish life. The study documented that having a “rich Jewish life” hinges on convenient access to Jewish opportunities. Applying the study’s results, the Federation introduced Pop-Up Shabbat and holiday celebrations, held in partnership with community organizations, to give Jews close-to-home opportunities to meet their Jewish neighbors and build community at the neighborhood level.