We are seeking answers from people throughout the region as we plan for the future and respond to a growing climate of hate crimes and rhetoric against many groups, including Jews. The highly inclusive survey is open to those who identify as Jews, have Jewish heritage or have relationships within the Jewish community.
The "Every Voice Counts" survey is underwritten by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and administered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. It is open to individuals in Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Yates, Seneca and Genesee counties.
“Now is the time to ask questions and find out what a broad spectrum of people are thinking,” said Jewish Federation CEO Meredith Dragon. “We need to hear from a diverse population. What would make a difference to you? Are you feeling secure? What do you need and value?”
“Beyond concerns about antisemitism and security,” said Judy Azoff, Chair of the survey, “the overarching goal of collecting information from a wide variety of individuals is to help leaders to plan. We want to serve community members according to their needs and interests and to build the best, most vibrant Jewish community possible.”
It has been nearly 10 years since a comprehensive survey of Jewish Rochester was undertaken. The planners of “Every Voice Counts,” designed by Rochester Research Group President Jocelyn Goldberg-Schaible, met with 60 area leaders of all denominations and levels of observance to help determine what questions to include in the survey, all in service of a better understanding of community members’ needs.
Among the many areas covered in the survey are the interests of individuals and families, modes of participation in Jewish life, attitudes about Jewish institutions and needs for greater inclusion among groups who might consider themselves on the fringes. There is a special track for teens.
“We have the collective determination to make the Rochester Jewish community a shining star in North America. Working together, we’ll do our best to make it happen,” added Dragon.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester works to build and protect a strong Jewish future in Rochester, Israel and worldwide through philanthropy, engagement, education and advocacy.