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Demographer to make two visits here this fall to breakdown new study numbers

The results of the first demographic study of the Pinellas-Pasco Jewish community in more than 20 years will be presented during two visits by demographer Ira Sheskin on Oct. 15 -16 and Nov. 5 -6.

During those visits, a full slate of presentations with community leadership, clergy, and the community at large will be scheduled.

The boards of both the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, as well as Gulf Coast’s advisory board, will have sessions with Sheskin during the first visit, while the community will be invited to participate in a dialogue during the November visit.

While the study has been completed, prior to the public presentations Sheskin’s team will be working alongside the Federation and Gulf Coast staff and leadership to finalize the data, make sense of emerging trends, and prepare materials for community organizations to use in its long-range planning.

All of the data, once finalized, will be posted to Sheskin’s research website, www.jewishdatabank.com. Sheskin, a professor at the University of Miami, is widely recognized for geographical and demographic studies of Jewish communities throughout the nation. He has done more than 40 major studies for Jewish Federations in the U.S. and more than 110 studies for other Jewish organizations and commercial entities. His last major study in Pinellas was in 1994, though he did a less comprehensive study for Menorah Manor in 2011.

“Community members are encouraged to save the dates for these opportunities, as the information is tremendously interesting and informative,” said Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Not only does the study detail the ages and locations of the Pinellas-Pasco Jewish population, but also reveals significant indicators of Jewish engagement, awareness of agencies, affiliation, marriage and home life, camp and educational involvement, and more.

The demographic study was funded through two lead organizations as well as support from donors and partner organizations in the community. For more information about the study or the upcoming community sessions, visit jewishpinellas.org.


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