Connecting to the Jewish Community from Different Parts of the City

We continue now with our ongoing geographic breakdown of the Your Answers Matter survey. We left off last time looking at a) how respondents from the various geographic regions within Pittsburgh valued feeling connected to the Jewish community and b) how connected those regions actually felt to the community. This time, we’ll begin by looking at how respondents answered when asked to rank Jewish Pittsburgh as a place where people feel comfortable in their Jewishness. While Squirrel Hill and its adjacent areas answered in the affirmative the highest percentage of the time, all areas except for one were within the same small range. The outlier of the group was the Eastern Suburbs; only 66% of respondents from there answered affirmatively.*

as jewish as you wish

Still, residents of the Eastern Suburbs reported no lower rates of feeling that their Jewish-related religious and spiritual needs could be satisfied.

religious spiritual needs

So though Eastern Suburb residents feel that their Jewish needs are being satisfied, they don’t feel like they are connected to the Jewish community. This in line with the previously-discussed chart that breaks down how connected residents of each area feel.

How connected do you feel

The other residents that – relatively speaking – did not feel connected to the Jewish community, the West Suburbs, reported the lowest percentage of affirmative answers in regard to feeling that their Jewish religious and spiritual needs can be met. Interestingly, it is also the Eastern Suburbs that reported the lowest number of affirmative answers in response to the question: are synagogues welcoming? While it is tempting to say that there is a natural correlation between feeling connected to the community and feeling that synagogues are welcoming, the West Suburbs demonstrate that a region can feel relatively disconnected and still feel synagogues to be relatively welcoming.

synagogue welcoming

The survey asked respondents about how welcoming they felt Jewish Pittsburgh to be in terms of intermarried couples and their children. The three areas that had the highest percentage of affirmative answers were Fox Chapel/O’Hara, Squirrel Hill Adjacent, and the East End. The Eastern Suburbs responded with the lowest percentage of affirmative answers.

intermarried couples

Finally, we asked about access for people with disabilities into the Jewish community.** Once again, the two regions that were distinct from the others were the Western and Eastern Suburbs; the rest rounded to the same percentage.


This will conclude our breakdown of the survey via geography. If you have any questions about this breakdown, or if you’d like to see the information broken down by a different variable, please email us a [email protected] or leave a comment below.

*Correction, August 29: The original post referred to the region as “Fox Chapel/O’Hara” throughout the post.

**Correction, August 29: The original post has been updated to reflect accurate numbers regarding respondents’ answers to accessibility of Jewish life for people with disabilities.

  1. Barbara Shafran Reply

    What about the northern Jewish communities of Temple Ohav Shalom and Cranberry Jewish Community?

  2. MarvinWedeen Reply

    Where does Sewickley Ambridge response fitin?

  3. Community Scorecard Reply

    Great questions. We have received a lot of questions regarding our category headings. We “borrowed” them from the 2002 Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study (which can be found here: http://www.jewishfederationpittsburgh.org/local_includes/downloads/57223.pdf). That said, for specific questions regarding zip codes and geographic areas relating to this survey, you can refer to our breakdown located here: http://www.jewishscorecard.com/zip-codes-and-neighborhood-areas/.

    • Catia Kossovsky Reply

      Thanks, I think the Fox Chapel/O’Hara naming is misguided. The zip codes reflected also include the North Hills. Perhaps you could change the name to read Northern Suburbs?

  4. Hal Dixler Reply

    There seems to be no mention of the North Side and North Hills in the survey. I live on the North Side. Downtown pittsburgh and the Strip are getting quite a few permanent residents and also should be in the survey. Outreach, both good and bad to the Jewish community cannot be measured properly unless you include these populations

  5. Community Scorecard Reply

    Thank you all for your input. As we’ve said many times, this project would not be complete without astute readers. The post has been updated to reflect your corrections.

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