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by Deborah A. Baron
As I look through the Community Scorecard website three years after the inception of this project, I am reflecting on the thought process that went into its creation and the potential we have for future community impact through this initiative.
We started out wanting to know, not just how we are doing from a quantitative perspective, but where we are in terms of community attitudes and how both types of measures can impact our decision making.
The Scorecard has identified four areas of focus – Jewish engagement, caring for each other, relationships with the general community, and ensuring that our services are provided at the highest level of quality. Our assumption being that success in these four areas equates to our success in reaching our vision of a thriving, vibrant, and engaged community.
We knew from the beginning that we had to start with an understanding of our current state. And while, we have been tracking much of this data internally for years, this is the first time that this data is available widely to the community.
Were you aware that almost 600 of our community’s kids are attending Jewish overnight camps (about 10%)? That about 1,200 attend supplementary religious schools and that this number is declining? Or that 3,200 adults are attending Jewish learning classes?
Did you know that 3,800 members of our community volunteer their time to community causes? Or that 7,300 seniors utilize our community services?
We are part of an incredible community that values investment in future generations, believes in taking care of those of us who are in need and participates actively and financially as part of the global Jewish people. We can always do more and we can always do it better. So, tell us what you think. Tell us what the data means to you and where you see opportunities. We thank you for your continued and future participation. The future of our community is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Deborah A. Baron is the Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
If you want to cut right to the chase and see the most current available data, click Our Performance. You'll find tables and graphs to help you learn more about the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.
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The Scorecard is a tool to focus the resources and energy of the organized Jewish community on actions that can help Pittsburgh become a more thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish community.
The mission of the Community Scorecard is to make community performance more visible to the general Jewish public in Pittsburgh and to provide information that will help improve communal decision making.