Publications Revealed: Monthly Newsletter
October/November 2011
JData Revealed


JData Meets the Demographers
Not Just to Prove, but Improve
A Shout Out to JData's Partners
The Miami Experience
Compared to What?

JData on the Road    


Nov 1:  Center for Jewish Education  Baltimore, MD


Nov. 13: Grinspoon Institute Annual Conference Springfield, MA 


Nov. 14: Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference Newton, MA       


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November 2011


Nov. 2: JData and URJ: Data for the field of Jewish early childhood education


Nov. 7: Getting Started


Nov. 8: Exploring the Jewish Landscape: Reporting and Research  


Nov. 9: JData and URJ: Data for the field of Jewish early childhood education   


Nov. 10: Getting Started


Nov. 16: Getting Started   

December 2011  


Dec. 1:  Getting Started


Dec. 6: Exploring the Jewish Landscape: Reporting and Research


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Letter from the Director  

Welcome to the October/November issue of JData Revealed. Having just come from the conference on the Socio-Demography of American Jewry where we presented JData to the research community, we decided to focus this issue on JData as a research tool. As described below, our argument to the researchers gathered last week at Brandeis University was that Jewish demographers should heed the JData census of Jewish educational institutions. 

Also, in this issue, we explain how data are being used by national agencies like the Union for Reform Judaism, PEJE-The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, and Foundation for Jewish Camp. Leora Isaacs shares her remarks from the Socio-Demography conference in which she explains how JESNA uses data to further innovation and systems change in Jewish education. Adam Kolett, Senior Planning Associate at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, provides an insider look at how local Jewish federations are using JData to fulfill their role as responsible funders.

"JData on the Technological Edge," a new feature of JData Revealed, brings you regular updates on the site's capabilities. This month's article, "Compared to What?", introduces two new reports available to organizations with JData profiles and suggests ways they can use these data in working with their leadership.

As always, we welcome your comments, and we invite your partnership in generating good data and great analysis.

Amy L. Sales, Ph.D.
Project Director
Senior Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

JData Revealed: JData Meets the Demographers 

Jewish demographers count people and describe the size and characteristics of the American Jewish population. JData counts educational institutions in order to describe the size and shape of the infrastructure that serves American Jewry's educational needs. The link between these two perspectives was the focus of the JData presentation at the recent conference on the Socio-Demography of American Jewry (Brandeis University, October 24). Our argument was three-fold.  



Not Just to Prove, but Improve                Leora W. Isaacs

Our purpose at JESNA is to stimulate, accelerate and support innovation and system change in Jewish education. Much of our work centers on helping communities, educational institutions, program providers, and funders to:
  • increase impact through evaluation and evaluative thinking, and through refocusing and restructuring models and initiatives,
  • engage new populations,
  • maximize resources.     


JData Revealed: A Shout Out to JData's Partners  

JData is pleased to announce newly formed partnerships that are expanding the use of JData across communities and within sectors of the Jewish education world.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has adopted JData as its platform for gathering core information from the congregational early childhood centers and schools. To begin, URJ is focused on issues facing its 300 early childhood programs in North America. In collaboration with URJ colleagues, JData amended the early childhood Profile form to include questions about universal and voluntary pre-K programs, the relationship between the early childhood center and the congregation, and questions about changes in enrollment and in program. JData will present preliminary results at the URJ-Biennial in Washington DC in December during a session on early childhood education in the Reform movement.   



JData Partnership: The Miami Experience
Adam Kolett  

 The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and CAJE-Miami are deeply committed to Jewish continuity and renewal. Together, we provide key planning and funding support for our extensive network of day schools, early childhood programs, and congregational schools.

We adopted JData to support our planning process. The more comprehensive data we have on enrollments, finances, and staffing, the better we can understand the needs of our community and serve as an effective and efficient resource for our educational institutions.


JData on the Technical Edge                    Compared to What?

Knowledge proceeds by comparison. A number, in and of itself, tells little about the current state of affairs. For example, is an enrollment of 300 students or campers "good" or "bad"? The answer is another question----Compared to what?

Three relevant comparisons can help you better understand your organization's vital statistics. JData is poised to help you with all three.      



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