Survey: Jews Give Less To Their Congregations Than Non-Jews Do
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Survey: Jews Give Less To Their Congregations Than Non-Jews Do

Most American Jews give at least some of their charitable donations to organizations that have some connection to Jewish life, although a substantial part of the community continues to give generously to non-Jewish causes, according to a new demographic study to be released later this week.

“Connected to Give: Synagogues & Movements,” from Jumpstart, a Los Angeles-based philanthropic research group, found that 62 percent of charitable giving by American Jews goes to Jewish organizations, whether congregations or other Jewish nonprofit organizations.

“American Jews allocate a much smaller share of their giving to Jewish congregations and a slightly larger share to Jewish nonprofit organizations than non-Jewish Americans allocate to congregations and religiously identified nonprofit organizations,” the survey stated.

The survey is the fourth in a series of Jumpstart reports on Jewish giving patterns.

steve@jewishweek.org

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