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Community Reports

Jewish Education in Minneapolis, 2013-14: Summary (February 2015)

The 2013-14 school year was the second year that Minneapolis, through the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, utilized JData for annual data collection. In 2013-14, Minneapolis's four part-time schools and three day schools enrolled over 2,000 students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Just over one-fourth attended day school. Read the report.

Jewish Education in Miami, 2013-14 (February 2015)

The 2013-14 school year was the fourth year that Miami, through the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Center for Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), utilized JData for annual data collection. The part-time and day schools of Miami served a total of almost 5,400 students in grades K-12 in 2013-14. Fully two-thirds of these students were in a day school or yeshiva. In the same year, Miami's early childhood centers served close to 2,700 children. Read the report.

Jewish Education in Detroit, 2013-14 (February 2015)

The 2013-14 school year was the fourth year that Detroit, through the Federation's Alliance for Jewish Education of Detroit, utilized JData for annual data collection. The part-time schools in Metropolitan Detroit reported over 2,700 students in Grades K-12 in 2013-14. At the same time, Detroit's early childhood centers served over 900 children. Read the report.

San Francisco, 2012-13 (October 2013)

JData produces an annual report for each of our partners. View San Francisco's Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund's 2012-13 Report for an example of how JData synthesizes and analyzes valuable data for our partners. Read the report.

Day School

Growth and Change in Day School Financial Vitality (September 2016)

Benchmarking is standard practice for organizations that seek to improve their performance. It measures an organization against "best in class" and shows where it stands in comparison to others. It helps an organization assess its own data and determine what merits celebration and what is cause for concern. By showing the organization what is possible in its field of practice, benchmarking can motivate leadership to strive for higher results. Read the report.

Jewish Day School Executive Salaries, 2015-16 (June 2016)

A common question in the Jewish day school world concerns executive compensation. This information is needed by many people, including boards that are hiring new executives, heads of schools who are negotiating their contracts, and financial managers studying their school's personnel costs. All totaled, 134 schools provided information for this report in 2015-16, a 41% increase over the previous year's participation rate. Read the report.

Schechter Day School Network: A Two-Year Picture, 2013-14 and 2014-15 (October 2015)

This report presents a two-year view of the Schechter Day School Network and covers four topics: enrollment; staff; resources, tuition, and financial aid; and governance and development. Read the report.

Financial Sustainability: A JData Benchmarking Project (August 2015)

In order to assess their financial strength, schools need to keep track of their own data and to benchmark these data against those of other schools. To this end, JData undertook a financial sustainability benchmarking project in 2014-15. The results help Jewish day schools see where they stand in the field and rate their own performance against others'. They can see what is possible and desirable. They may find things to celebrate, and they may find areas for improvement. Read the report.

Data's Role in Growing Enrollment (February 2015)

In the day school world, JData gathers and analyzes data on how well schools recruit and retain students, and it tracks the impact of these efforts. Our partner, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), uses these data to help schools improve their performance in this area and to measure outcomes over time. Read the report.

PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism, 2013-14 (September 2014)

PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism joined JData in 2013-14 to develop a picture of its schools and begin tracking key metrics. The network currently comprises 13 schools serving over 4,000 students. The report presents an overview of the status of the PARDES day schools in 2013-14. Read the report.

Schechter Network, 2012-13 (September 2013)

Schechter Day School Network, which has supported the health and growth of its member schools for over 40 years, currently comprises 44 schools serving almost 12,000 students. The report presents an overview of the status of the Network's day schools in 2012-13. Read the report.

Intermediate Federation Task Force on Jewish Day Schools Findings (June 2013)

Findings point to significant challenges facing the day schools in the Intermediate communities. The report suggests where the Intermediate Federation Task Force might focus in developing a collective response to the challenges of day school education in smaller communities. Read the report.

Overnight Camp

Foundation for Jewish Camp: Summer 2015 Census Report (March 2016)

Overall, the field of Jewish nonprofit overnight camps is strong, healthy, and growing. Most camps have seen increases in their performance, but others have not. The Summer 2015 data from 160 Jewish nonprofit overnight camps put numbers to this complex picture. Read the report.

Overnight Camp Top Management Salary, 2016 (March 2016)

JData conducts a management salary study as part of annual data collection in Jewish nonprofit overnight camps. In 2015-16, 96 camps provided information on the salaries of their top professional and 70 camps provided information on the salaries of the next professional in charge of camp. Read the report.

Same, Changed, New—Three Takes on Jewish Overnight Camps (May 2015)

In each of the past five years, nonprofit Jewish overnight camps have entered their data into JData. This year's report shows how camps have remained the same and how they have changed. It also includes new information about the field. Read the report.

Headlines From the World of Jewish Overnight Camp (March 2014)

Enrollment in Jewish overnight camps continues to grow at a steady annual pace. Summer 2013 continued the growth of previous years with a 2.6% increase in the number of campers at the 150 nonprofit Jewish overnight camps in JData. These camps served over 70,000 campers this past summer. Read the report.

Overnight Camp Highlights, Summer 2012 (September 2013)

One year ago, the 145 Jewish overnight camps associated with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) reported the following facts and figures about Summer 2012. Read the report.

Day Camp

The Emerging Field of Jewish Day Camp (June 2016)

It is fascinating to watch a field of practice emerge—to witiness its budding sense of consciousness as a unified endeavor, the rising interest of agencies and funders, and the attendat press for program, operations, and staff development. This is the state of Jewish day camp today. Given the extensiveness of the JData database, we ask: Are day camps like overnight camps or not? Or are they perhaps like overnight camps were 15 years ago? Make your own guess, and then read on. Read the report.

UJA-Federation of New York: Day Camp by the Numbers, Summer 2014 (September 2015)

This report is organized around four key tasks of management essential for a strong and vibrant day camp—growing enrollment, building a strong staff team, improving the bottom line, and enhancing program—and presents information on enrollment, staffing, budget and financial resources, and program within the UJA-Federation of New York day camp system. Read the report.

Day Camp—An Emerging Field (October 2014)

What is a day camp, and what makes a day camp Jewish? What can turn day camp work into a field of practice, and what data can support that effort? Based on lessons learned from this test and the input of a working group of UJA-Federation, JCC Association, and local JCC day camp professionals, we re-envisioned JData for the day camp world. Read the report.

Part-time School

Part-time Schools: A Mighty System Slowly Wanes (November 2015)

Jewish part-time schools are the most pervasive form of Jewish education in the United States. According to JData estimates, they may reach a quarter-million Jewish children and their families every year. Yet the landscape is best described as static or in decline. Read the report.

Part-time Schools Over Time (June 2014)

Between 2011-12 and 2012-13, part-time schools maintained a consistent pattern, but with hints of change in enrollment, hours of instruction, and tuition. Read the report.

The Full Story on Part-time Schools (April 2013)

JData has located 1,848 congregational and other part-time schools in the United States. All of these schools are listed in the JData Directory. Users can search for them nationally, by state, community, or zip code. They are also searchable by denomination. Read the report.

Salary Reports

Jewish Day School Executive Salaries, 2015-16 (June 2016)

A common question in the Jewish day school world concerns executive compensation. This information is needed by many people, including boards that are hiring new executives, heads of schools who are negotiating their contracts, and financial managers studying their school's personnel costs. All totaled, 134 schools provided information for this report in 2015-16, a 41% increase over the previous year's participation rate. Read the report.

Overnight Camp Top Management Salary, 2016 (March 2016)

JData conducts a management salary study as part of annual data collection in Jewish nonprofit overnight camps. In 2015-16, 96 camps provided information on the salaries of their top professional and 70 camps provided information on the salaries of the next professional in charge of camp. Read the report.

Archived Reports

Jewish Day School Executive Salaries, 2014-15 (August 2015)

A common question in the Jewish day school world concerns executive compensation. This information is needed by many people, including boards that are hiring new executives, heads of schools who are negotiating their contracts, and financial managers studying their school's personnel costs. All totaled, 95 schools provided information for this report, our first annual report on Jewish day school executive salaries. Read the report.

Overnight Camp Top Management Salary, 2015 (April 2015)

JData conducts a management salary study as part of annual data collection in Jewish nonprofit overnight camps. In 2014-15, 96 camps provided information on the salaries of their top professional. Read the report.

Overnight Camp Top Management Salary, 2014 (March 2014)

One of the most common questions in the camp world concerns executive compenastion. In response, JData added a section on compensation in 2013-14 covering two positions: top professional in charge of camp (#1 person at camp) and assistant or associate director (#2 person at camp). 93 camps have provided information on executive compensation. Read the report.




Lessons from Mapping Jewish Education (November 2007)

In 2006, the newly established Jim Joseph Foundation engaged the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University to "map" the field of Jewish education. This initial report explains the importance of data collection and information sharing among Jewish educational organizations, institutions, and funders, and was the precursor to the launch of JData.com. Read the report.

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