Imagine if we read the data differently…
The Pew Research Center’s new study, “Jewish Americans in 2020,” is full of rich data about Jewish identity, observance and culture. Researchers surveyed almost 5,000 Jews, selected from a screener of almost 64,000 people, to draw conclusions about the American Jewish community. The data is distilled into over 200 pages of charts and narrative, and provides crucial information that is sure to inform Jewish professionals, clergy and lay leaders for years to come.
By necessity, though, the charts throughout choose one data point to construct a narrative. This is not a complete picture of what the data says. I would challenge us all to try to read this data through various lenses. Here are some starting points.
And if you missed our discussion “Pew Research Center’s 2020 Survey on Jews in the U.S.: Diversity and Complexity of Identity Among Interfaith Couples, Jews of Color and LGBTQ Families,” you can watch it here. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
We have the opportunity to look at these survey results in ways that give us insight into what is important to the communities we work with. The data that tells us that for many interfaith families, Jewish identity is an important part of their lives.
Join me on June 1 at 1pm EDT to explore more of what the Pew study can tell us about interfaith families. Join me again on June 22 at 1pm EDT for a webinar on Unpacking Bias to look at how the stories we tell ourselves impact our ability to fully engage interfaith families into our communities.
And in the meantime, I invite you to find a chart in the Pew survey and read the data at least one different way. See what other stories the study has to tell you.