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Twin Cities Jewish Population Study

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation and United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul are pleased to present the final report of the Twin Cities Jewish Population Study. In conducting this groundbreaking study, the federations engaged consultant Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D. of the University of Miami. This study could not have been completed without the enormously generous support of the Harry Kay Charitable Foundation, and we are grateful for their commitment to ensuring our community’s strength and vitality now and in the future. Minneapolis and St. Paul summary reports also are available by clicking on the summary links below.

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Click here to download and print the Minneapolis summary report.

Click here to download and print the St. Paul summary report.

In releasing these results to the community, we are especially indebted to Judy Gaviser in Minneapolis and Scott Ross in St. Paul, who chaired the Twin Cities Population Study Committee. Their leadership, knowledge, and enthusiasm ensured that the federations, and the entire Jewish community, were engaged in the study process, and we appreciate the enormous time and effort they devoted to ensuring that the results of this study would be useful to, and utilized by, our community for years to come.

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation recently has launched a major planning initiative, chaired by Beth Kieffer Leonard, which will engage synagogues, agencies, and individuals across the community in setting goals and developing strategies to address key themes that emerge from the study. Additionally, the federation is exploring ways to reorganize itself internally to better plan for community needs, cultivate diverse resource streams, and communicate a full picture of the important work that we do locally and overseas.

The United Jewish Fund and Council is currently engaged in an analysis process that will lead to an action plan to implement the key results of the study.

We are proud of the successful completion of this study and look forward to sharing its findings with the community. We are confident that this data will be instrumental in helping the federations, agencies, and synagogues work together to touch Jewish lives and build Jewish community in the Twin Cities, in Israel, and around the world.

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For more information about the 2004 Twin Cities Jewish Community Study, contact the Minneapolis Jewish Federation at (952) 593-2600 or