Understanding Orthodoxy in America
A groundbreaking survey of American Orthodox Jews will provide critical insight into the world of today’s American Jewry—including its sociodemographic characteristics, religious and spiritual realities, and political views. The study will help policymakers and practitioners understand the vulnerabilities and vitalities within the Orthodox community, as well as possible intervention points.
Guiding Us Through the Pandemic: Who’s Suffering?
A variety of studies conducted by the Center have helped guide the OU through the pandemic. One study focused on the mental health of community members, an early concern that drove significant policy and halachic decisions.
In this study, the Center discovered (a finding later confirmed by the American Psychological Association) that those between the age of 18 and 34, especially those who faced economic insecurity, were most at risk for depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.
Other studies focused on the ability of organizations to function during times of economic uncertainty, and understanding the pandemic’s impact on physical health, financial wellbeing, and religious experiences. The evidence-based results have been used to help organizations successfully adapt and design for impactful interventions.