The U.K.'s Institute for Jewish Policy Research has released Academic achievement and engagement in Jewish life: first signs of a brain drain? *** JPR has been conducting research on Jews in Britain for many years, allowing us to explore trends in Jewish life over time. This study takes four major datasets, spanning close to quarter of a century, to investigate an important and challenging question: is there a negative correlation between … [Read more...] about Academic Achievement and Engagement in Jewish Life: First Signs of a Brain Drain?
By Sara Smith, Ph.D The history of Jewish day schools in Los Angeles can provide lessons that are widely applicable to the future of Jewish education. The number and variety of non-Orthodox day schools in the city surged in the late 1970s through the 1990s, creating the contemporary landscape of day schools. However, it is the first few schools, established before the number of day schools exploded due to court-ordered busing and other … [Read more...] about What Can the History of Day Schools Teach Us? Part 1
A new Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) study, Rising Streams, Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel, reports that 12-13 percent of Israeli Jews (800,000) self-identify as Reform or Conservative in recent surveys. These numbers illustrate significant growth in the last decade. However, while hundreds of thousands of Israelis identify with the movements they are not active members. These Israelis, according to the report, are mostly … [Read more...] about New JPPI Report: Significant Rise in Identification with Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel
By Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim American Jews donate at high levels to charity. One way they support causes in the U.S., Israel and other places is collective, often through large grant-making organizations. In researching this organized philanthropy, I’ve observed that the proportion of Jewish institutional giving to Israeli causes has fallen since 2009. I believe that several factors, including demographic and social changes, a diminishing … [Read more...] about Why Jewish Giving to Israel is Losing Ground
CASJE (Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to promote research that can make a difference in how Jewish education is practiced. Three grants, up to $30,000 each, will be awarded to stimulate time-concentrated research that is clearly connected to one of CASJE’s areas of focus, and that will apply to the practice of Jewish education. Areas of inquiry currently supported by CASJE include: … [Read more...] about CASJE Releases RFP for Research That Will Contribute to the Practice of Jewish Education