The Power of Peoplehood: How Commitment to the Jewish People Undergirds Tzedakah for Jewish Causes

By Steven M. Cohen, Misha Galperin, Yoav Shoham

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, December 7, 2009

Over the past few years, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has been involved in several research projects aimed at understanding what can be done to enhance Jewish charitable giving. A clear pattern has emerged from these multiple quantitative and qualitative studies. All point to a close relationship between the donor engagement and commitment to Jewish Peoplehood.

The survey analyzed here found that the anticipated relationships between Jewish Peoplehood commitment and the “standard” list of Jewish involvement variables: Jewish education, Jewish affiliation, ritual observance, in-marriage, and in-group friendship. In other words, ongoing experiences with other Jews, especially Jews who share a commitment to things Jewish, serve to nurture, sustain and enhance Jewish Peoplehood commitment — and other positive features of Jewish involvement. Policies which promote Jewish association (informal networks), affiliation (ties to institutions), socialization (organic process of value inculcation), and education work to elevate Jewish Peoplehood commitment, and, by extension, engagement in Jewish philanthropic endeavors as well.

Topic: Friendship, Peoplehood, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Jewish Federations, Sectarianism, Jewish Identification, Survey, Fundraising and Philanthropy

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Coverage: Washington, D.C.

Language: English

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Cohen, Steven M. Galperin, Misha. Shoham, Yoav. The Power of Peoplehood: How Commitment to the Jewish People Undergirds Tzedakah for Jewish Causes. Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. 7 December 2009:


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