- Our Performance
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- The 2017 Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study
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.*
Still, residents of the Eastern Suburbs reported no lower rates of feeling that their Jewish-related religious and spiritual needs could be satisfied.
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.
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.
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.
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.