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.
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.
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.