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
To learn more about upcoming JData presentations and conferences here.
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
Dec. 1: Getting Started
Dec. 6: Exploring the Jewish Landscape: Reporting and Research
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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
"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.
Senior Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
JData Revealed: JData Meets the Demographers
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
is pleased to announce newly formed partnerships that are expanding the
use of JData across communities and within sectors of the Jewish
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
| 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. |
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?
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?
relevant comparisons can help you better understand your organization's
vital statistics. JData is poised to help you with all three.