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Tribefest Survey: Many Were Federation First-timers

Tribefest Survey: Many Were Federation First-timers

(JTA) — New data show that TribeFest met its goal of drawing many young federation first-timers to last week’s conference in Las Vegas, officials said.

“We’re not only satisfied, we’re thrilled,” said Joe Berkofsky, spokesman for the Jewish Federations of North America, which organized last week’s gathering.

Nearly 1,300 Jews, mostly in their 20s to early 40s, showed up for three days of lectures, workshops and performances devoted to politics, religion and culture.

A survey of 150 participants showed that 30 percent were not already federation donors. Forty-two percent said they had never participated in or helped organize a program at their local Jewish federation and 45 percent had never served on a federation committee. Sixty-two percent said TribeFest was their first national federation conference.

Berkofsky said that because these are only the initial results, and because the most involved participants are typically first to answer such surveys, “The later numbers should show even more people not previously involved, which is what we hoped to see.”

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