Beyond the Shabbos Table

Mentioned in Mishpacha

We are honored to be mentioned in the new Mishpacha magazine article “Sharing the Wealth,” by Shira Werblowsky. It’s heartening to see that Jewish nonprofits are increasingly aware of the importance of data-informed decision-making. And yes, we can corroborate that the OU’s former chief professional officer Allen Fagin often reminded us all that “You can’t […]

Staff farewells

This month, the Center for Communal Research bid a fond farewell to two of our employees: Elisha Penn, the Center’s first Associate Researcher, who has taken a position as a Data Engineer at Deloitte. Adina Bankier-Karp, our first-ever Postdoctoral Fellow, who recently made aliyah with her family.       We with them both much […]

Reflecting on the mental health of Orthodox Jews during the COVID-19 pandemic

Did you know that among Orthodox Jews, it was not the elderly but younger people who had the highest rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic? That is just one of the findings from our COVID-19 Community Portrait Study that our Senior Fellow, Adina Bankier-Karp, shared in her new op-ed: Who will […]

Data-Driven Decision Making: A Communal Imperative

FROM THE DESK OF ALLEN I. FAGIN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ORTHODOX UNION Data-Driven Decision Making: A Communal Imperative ALLEN I. FAGIN As our society—and our community—becomes ever more complex, the need for objective, fact-based decision making is increasingly becoming a communal imperative. No longer can we rely on instinct or assumption. Like any […]

On the Counting of Jews: Toward an Orthodox Social Science

I was never comfortable counting Jews. Perhaps, it was the numbers violently drawn into Jews during the Final Solution that so firmly etched themselves in my mind. Perhaps, it was waiting for a minyan on Shabbat afternoon, whispering “Hoshea,” “Et,” “Amecha,” etc. reciting a verse of ten words as opposed to counting off men one […]