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You could be contacted, for a study

You could be contacted by researchers affiliated with Milwaukee Jewish Federation and arms of Brandeis University and the University of Chicago, for a study of the local Jewish community.  

Milwaukee Jewish Federation is sponsoring the population study of the Jewish community of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Waukesha Counties, according to a news release.  

Studies like this are conducted by Jewish communities all over the United States to estimate the size and characteristics of the local Jewish community and to assist Jewish communal organizations to make well-informed, data-driven decisions for the benefit of the entire community. The study will be conducted by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, one of the leading social science research centers in the world that focuses on contemporary Jewish life, according to the release. 

The last community study in the Milwaukee area was conducted in 2011. The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies has conducted about 30 of these studies and our methods have built-in mechanisms to correct for bias and ensure accuracy, according to the organization. Methods have been vetted in peer-reviewed academic journals and are described in detail for each of our studies on their website. 

Beginning soon after Thanksgiving, you may be contacted by the Cohen Center or their research partners at NORC at the University of Chicago and invited to complete a survey. If you were chosen at random to participate in the study, you may receive letters, phone calls, and/or emails from the Cohen Center or NORC. If you receive a letter, phone call, or email from NORC or Brandeis, it is probably about the study. Survey responses will be confidential, and findings will be reported only in the aggregate. The more households that participate, the more information will be available to help Jewish organizations in the community make data-driven decisions about the future, according to study sponsors. 

It is expected that results of the study will be available in the summer or fall of 2024. 

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More about the study 

You can read more about the study on the Cohen Center’s website: 

To learn more about participating in the study, see the Cohen Center’s FAQ: 

If you have questions about the study, contact Darla Flemming (, Director of Community Planning at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation or Professor Matthew Boxer (, who is leading the research team for the study.