Conservative & Reform Congregations in the United States: The FACT-Synagogue 3000 Survey, 2010

By Lawrence A. Hoffman, Steven M. Cohen, Ron Miller, Jonathon Ament

Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), North American Jewish Data Bank, Synagogue 3000, May 2012

This report includes the full survey data from the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Synagogue Survey, 2010. This survey informed the previous report, Reform and Conservative Congregations: Different Strengths, Different Challenges.

Contrary to the impression that denomination no longer matters, this research underscores the many ways in which Conservative and Reform congregations differ. Those difference include:

  • average size - there are more large Reform congregations
  • location - more Conservative congregations are in the northeast
  • worship attendance - per capita, Conservative congregations report higher attendance and religious practice
  • worship variety - Reform congregations report more variety, music, and excitement
  • plus information on empty sanctuaries, morale, and finances

The report confirms that U.S. Jewish congregational life is showing signs of stagnation, with few young adults, many older members and more than adequate sanctuary space. The survey, which included responses from leaders in 1,215 synagogues, offers the most comprehensive view of Reform and Conservative movement congregations to date.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Survey, Prayer Communities, Religious Denominations, Synagogues and Congregations

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Hoffman, Lawrence A. Cohen, Steven M. Miller, Ron. Ament, Jonathon. Conservative & Reform Congregations in the United States: The FACT-Synagogue 3000 Survey, 2010. Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA),North American Jewish Data Bank,Synagogue 3000. May 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14164


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