Calculating Our Impact

AND UNDERSTANDING OUR COMMUNITY
The Center for Communal Research evaluates the OU’s impact on the communities it serves while producing actionable insights and growth opportunities for the organization’s professional staff. Our research also helps inform the OU’s larger strategy, ensuring that impact is at the core of our endeavors.
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IDENTIFYING THE EFFECT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Center has completed several important studies, including the COVID-19 Community Portrait Study, which measured the pandemic’s impact on Orthodox Jews in four communities throughout the United States. Findings were used to help direct OU initiatives. In particular, the Center learned that it was younger women, not older adults, who were most affected—in terms of mental and emotional health— by the coronavirus pandemic.

ILLUMINATING THE EXPERIENCES OF SINGLE ORTHODOX MEN AND WOMEN

The Center’s Shidduch Crisis Study brings the voices of single Orthodox men and women to the fore, explaining what they are seeking in a spouse, how they date, how they feel, and what they want from the Orthodox community.



COLLABORATING WITH PEW

Dr. Michelle Shain, assistant director of the Center, served as an advisor to the Pew Research Center for their influential study, Jewish Americans in 2020.

Dr. Michelle Shain addresses religious polarization throughout the Jewish community at a Pew presentation hosted by the Orthodox Union.
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