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Request for Proposal for the Philadelphia Jewish Community Study

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia was founded in 1901 as the Federation of Jewish Charities, uniting nine agencies into a single effort to help the Philadelphia Jewish community. Its goal then was to unify and centralize resources of all kinds and to provide an infrastructure of support for Jewish people and organizations in need. The core of everything the Jewish Federation does is a deep commitment to serving each member of our community. The Jewish Federation makes a vital difference in the lives of Jews in Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world through critical lifelong learning opportunities, human and social services, lifesaving humanitarian relief, financial and administrative support to Jewish agencies and organizations, and more.


The goals of the Study are as follows:

Estimate the size and geographic distribution of the Jewish population at the county level, as well as within select smaller local areas to be determined by Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Study of Philadelphia Committee, the “Study Committee.”

Provide a current portrait of the demographic, socio-economic, and believing/belonging/behaving attributes, as well as attitudes and needs, of the Jewish population as a whole, and of select sub-populations, including but not limited to Jewish affiliation, identity, and involvement; social service needs and utilization; and attitudes toward philanthropic giving.

Identify changes over time and emerging needs in comparison to past studies of the Philadelphia Jewish population as well as with current data sources on the total local population.

Provide relevant data and analytic frameworks that can support informed decisions by the Jewish Federation and other stakeholders in planning, service delivery, fundraising, marketing, and connecting people to Jewish community and life.

Serve as an “indicator system” that can measure the vibrancy of the Philadelphia Jewish population and the progress over time towards achieving the Jewish Federation’s strategic goals. We want to better understand the position and progress of the community; identify significant challenges and opportunities; highlight their importance to a broad audience; create a shared understanding that encourages collaboration on issues; and provide baseline, benchmark and outcome measures related to strategic goals.

All proposals are due on December 4, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST to (subject line: Population Study).

If you have questions about submissions, please contact Dr. Kelly Romirowsky, Director of Grants and Evaluation at 215.832.0508 or