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ONLINE POLL OF JEWS

METHODOLOGY
The poll was fielded online and was sent to email addresses associated with Jerusalem U as well as several other Jewish databases, subscribers to the Jerusalem Post and/or Haaretz, The New Normal, groups such at Gateways in Boston, Jewish Family Service in Houston, the Tikvah program at Camp Ramah. A link to the survey was shared broadly via social media. The sample is therefore more likely to be of Jews who are somehow engaged in the community than in a random sample. However, because the sample size is so large, the differences between age groups and other key demographics are statistically valid among this group. Individuals were encouraged to complete the survey to be entered to win $500 to go to a charity of their choosing.
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WHO WE SURVEYED
50% Male 50% Female 629 Jews age 18-29 388 Jews age 30-49 1577 Jews age 50+ 670 Orthodox 827 Conservative 472 Reform & Reconstructionist 638 Just Jewish & Culturally Jewish 223 Jews with a Disability 594 Jews with a Family Member/Close Friend with a Disability TOTAL- 2607 Jewish Respondents

AGE BREAKDOWN OF JEWS WITH DISABILITIES IN SURVEY 1 8-29: 15% 3 0-49: 13% 5 0+: 72%
*People with disabilities in the sample tended to be senior citizens, suggesting that they might have acquired disabilities as opposed to life-long difference.

US CENSUS NUMBERS ON DISABILITIES


Approximately 56.7 million people living in the United States had some kind of disability in 2010. This accounted for 18.7 percent of the 303.9 million people in the civilian noninstitutionalized population that year This includes an expected rate of 10% of Americans ages 15-24.

MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICAN VOTERS KNOW SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY


Yes! No!

Do you, a family member, or a close friend have a disability?

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48

Yes, know someone with a disability

No, do not know someone with a disability

The survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research of 1000 likely 2012 voters (1000 weighted) September 8-12, 2012. 6

1 OUT OF 5 WITH DISABILIT Y TURNED AWAY


Have you or they ever been turned away or unable to participate in a Jewish event or activity because of the disability?

8%

19% YES NO

72%

I DON'T KNOW

This research provided an understanding of the options Jewish camps of fer to children with disabilities/special needs and provides a baseline for expanding ser vices. The poll was fielded online from Feb 26- March 28, 2013. Margin of error is +/-3.4%. The sur vey link was distributed by the Foundation for Jewish Camp to 170 directors/professionals who in turn for warded the sur vey to their camp staf f, parents and campers. Additional social media outreach led parties to a sur vey link on the FJC webpage. Only those associated with one of the camps under the FJC umbrella were accepted to fill out the sur vey.
http://www.jewishcamp.org/sites/default/files/u4/Jewish%20Camp%20for%20Children%20with%20Disabilities%20and%20Special %20Needs%20-%20Full%20Survey%20Findings.pdf

1 IN 4 TURNED AWAY FROM CAMP BEFORE FINDING THE RIGHT ONE (FJC POLL 2013)

25%

YES 75% NO

Has your child ever been turned away from an overnight camp because of the camp's inability to make a reasonable accommodation? (Pw/dis)
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WHAT JEWISH ACTIVITIES DOES YOUR CHILD ALREADY PARTICIPATE IN? ( P W / D I S ) ( FJ C P O L L 2 01 3 )


JEWISH HOLIDAYS IN HOME JEWISH HOLIDAYS AT TEMPLE/SYNAGOGUE/SHUL HAS ATTENDED JEWISH OVERNIGHT CAMP FAMILY SHABBAT OBSERVANCE HAS ATTENDED JEWISH DAY CAMP RELIGIOUS SCHOOL BASED AT A SYNAGOGUE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR JEWISH KIDS WITH DISABILITIES YOUTH PROGRAMS FOR KIDS OF ALL ABILITIES - BOTH KIDS WITH DISABILITIES AND WITHOUT THEM FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE YACHAD NFTY ATTENDS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL BBYO USY NCSY OTHER 89% 81% 77% 67% 47% 43% 39% 35% 32% 17% 12% 12% 10% 8% 4% 14%
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IF T H E FOLLOW ING AC T IVIT IES W ERE AVAILAB LE W IT H P ROP ER S U P P ORT S , W H AT AC T IVIT IES WOU LD YOU LIK E YOU R C H ILD TO PA RT IC IPAT E IN ? ( 1 O F 2 ) ( F J C P O L L 2 0 1 3 )
SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING FITNESS & EXERCISE CLASSES (E.G., MARTIAL ARTS, YOGA, DANCE) CAMPING AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE (E.G., HIKING, BOATING, FISHING, HORSEBACK RIDING) TEAM SPORTS (E.G., SOCCER, BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, BOWLING) SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES WITH OTHER CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES YOUTH PROGRAMS FOR KIDS OF ALL ABILITIES - BOTH KIDS WITH DISABILITIES AND WITHOUT THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE JEWISH HOLIDAYS WITH OTHER JEWISH KIDS VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND PLACEMENT JEWISH OVERNIGHT CAMP FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS (E.G., ARTS & CRAFTS, POTTERY, THEATER) INDIVIDUAL SPORTS (E.G., GOLF, SWIMMING) 70% 64% 63% 62% 62% 56% 54% 53% 51% 51% 50%
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I F T H E FO L LOW I N G AC T I V I T I E S W E R E AVA I L A B L E W I T H P R O P E R S U P P O R T S , W H AT AC T I V I T I E S WO U L D YO U L I K E YO U R C H I L D TO PA R T I C I PAT E I N ? P L E A S E C H E C K A L L T H AT A P P LY ( 2 O F 2 ) ( P W / D I S ) ( FJ C P O L L 2 01 3 )


OUTDOOR HOBBIES AND RECREATION (E.G., GARDENING, NATURE WALKS) LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (E.G., GOOD CITIZEN PROGRAMS) SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR JEWISH KIDS WITH DISABILITIES JEWISH HOLIDAYS AT TEMPLE/SYNAGOGUE/SHUL ATTEND JEWISH DAY SCHOOL JEWISH HOLIDAYS IN HOME FAMILY SHABBAT OBSERVANCE RELIGIOUS SCHOOL BASED AT A SYNAGOGUE ACADEMIC SUPPORT (E.G., HOMEWORK HELP, TUTORING) INDOOR HOBBIES AND RECREATION (E.G., COIN & BASEBALL CARD COLLECTING, VIDEO GAMES) FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE JEWISH DAY CAMP 49% 46% 43% 42% 39% 36% 34% 33% 33% 30% 26% 25%
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THOSE WITH DISABILIT Y LESS LIKELY TO HAVE TRAVELED TO ISRAEL

13% 32%

OF JEWS SURVEYED HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ISRAEL

OF JEWS WITH DISABILITIEWS HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ISRAEL


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HUGE AGREEMENT ON INCLUSION


Strongly Agree 18-29 Somewhat Agree 18-29 Somewhat Disagree 18-29 Strongly Disagree 18-29 Really Not Sure 18-29

Jewish events and organizations should be as welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities as everyone else. Raising my children to be Jewish is very important to me. Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being Jewish. Israel is the spiritual center of the Jewish people. Having a Jewish spouse/partner is very important to me. North American and Israeli Jews share a common destiny.

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WHAT DO THEY WANT?

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WHAT TOPIC AREA FOR A NEW ONLINE COURSE WOULD MOST INTEREST YOU?
18-29 THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY ABOUT ISRAEL: FINDING THE TRUTH AND EXAMINING STEREOTYPES COOKING/ JEWISH FOOD KABBALAH MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE JUDAISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS JEWISH HOLIDAYS SUCCESS HOW TO HOST SHABBAT DINNER UNPLUGGING FORM TECH AND ELECTRONICS ONCE A WEEK: SHABBAT 26% 16% 12% 9% 8% 8% 8% 6% 4% 4%
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WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE AS THE "TEACHER" OF AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT ISRAEL OR JUDAISM?
18-29 A LEADER WHO CAN TEACH ME SOMETHING THAT WILL IMPROVE MY LIFE AN ISRAELI ICON/POLITICIA LIKE SHIMON PERES OR BIBI NETANYAHU A COMEDIAN SOMEONE MY AGE THAT I CAN RELATE TO A YOUNG SUCCESSFUL JEWISH ENTREPRENEUR AN AUTHOR OF POPULAR BOOKS ON JEWISH OR ISRAEL ISSUES A CELEBRITY 39% 14% 12% 11% 11% 10% 4%

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PHILANTHROPIC GIVING
Total Religious Education Institutions Local Causes Childrens Charities Disease Awareness and Prevention Political Social Justice Other I Do Not Contribute I Would Rather Not Say 71% 51% 38% 38% 37% 34% 32% 18% 2% 7% 30-49 73% 51% 24% 42% 29% 22% 26% 14% 3% 4% 50+ 71% 51% 39% 38% 39% 37% 33% 19% 2% 8%
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YOUNGER JEWS SHOW A STRONG CONNECTION TO ISRAEL AND JUDAISM, BUT VARIES WITH AGE AND OBSERVANCE
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YOUNG JEWS MORE LIKELY TO GO TO JEWISH DAY SCHOOL & CAMP THAN THEIR PARENTS GENERATION
Please indicate if you... CHECK ALL THAT APPLY Attended a day school or yeshiva Went to Jewish summer camp Were Bar/Bat Mitzvahd Were involved in a Jewish youth group before college (i.e. BBYO, NCSY, USY, NFTY None of these TOTAL 30% 42% 64% 44% 18-29 43% 56% 80% 46% 30-49 37% 47% 64% 46% 50+ 23% 36% 58% 43%

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CARING ABOUT ISRAEL IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY BEING JEWISH


18-29 Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure 63% 27% 5% 2% 2% 30-49 81% 15% 2% 1% 2% 50+ 86% 11% 1% 1% 1%

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NORTH AMERICAN AND ISRAELI JEWS SHARE A COMMON DESTINY


18-29 Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure 33% 41% 11% 3% 12% 30-49 51% 29% 11% 3% 6% 50+ 52% 33% 7% 3% 5%

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ISRAEL IS THE SPIRITUAL CENTER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE


Reform/ Reconstructionist
4% 1% 22% 71% 1% Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure 35% 54% 6% 2% 2%

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IF ISRAEL NO LONGER EXISTED TOMORROW IT WOULD NOT GREATLY IMPACT MY LIFE


3% 11%

3%

5% Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree

78%

Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure

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RAISING MY CHILDREN TO BE JEWISH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME


2% 1% 3% 11% Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree 82% Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure

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RAISING MY CHILDREN TO BE JEWISH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME


TOTAL Orthodox Conservative Reform /Recon 71% 22% 2% 2% 4% Just Jew/ Cultural 61% 24% 6% 3% 6%

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure

81% 12% 2% 1% 3%

95% 3% * 1% 1%

90% 6% 1% 1% 3%

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HAVING A JEWISH SPOUSE/PARTNER IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME


TOTAL Orthodox Conservative Reform /Recon 53% 27% 9% 6% 5% Just Jew/ Cultural 51% 22% 10% 11% 5%

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure

71% 16% 5% 5% 4%

95% 3% 1% 1% 1%

79% 14% 3% 2% 3%

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HAVING A JEWISH SPOUSE/PARTNER IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME


TOTAL 18-29 30-49 50+

Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree Really Not Sure

71% 16% 5% 5% 4%

62% 19% 8% 7% 4%

81% 10% 3% 3% 3%

73% 15% 5% 4% 3%

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JEWISH IDENTITY AND PRACTICE

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WHAT DOES JUDAISM MEAN TO YOU?


When you think about what Judaism means to you, which is the most accurate statement even if none are exactly right?
Judaism is central to my life and to the life I want for my family and it factors into my daily life and decisions Judaism is not currently central to my life, but I want it to play a more significant role Judaism is important but it doesnt generally impact my daily life, mostly its a family and cultural thing for me I was raised Jewish but frankly it just isnt that important to me today or in how I see my future

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CONSER

REFORM/ RECON

JUST JEW/ CULTURAL

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95%

69%

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10% 24%

2% 3%

8% 19%

16% 40%

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FREQUENCY VARIES GREATLY WITH OBSERVANCE LEVEL


How often would you say you attend religious services or celebrate Shabbat? Never Only on high holidays On high holidays and a few other times Once or twice a month Every week TOTAL ORTHO CONSER REFORM/ RECON JUST JEW/ CULTURAL

7% 8% 23% 15% 44%

1% 1% 6% 6% 87%

3% 4% 31% 25% 39%

4% 13% 41% 24% 19%

22% 17% 32% 11% 19%

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IF ISRAEL NO LONGER EXISTED, DO YOU THINK THERE WOULD BE


More anti-Semitism in N. America than today, about the same amount of anti-Semitism in N. America as today, less anti-Semitism in N. America than today?
4% 33% More 61% Less Same

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WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST BARRIER TO ENCOURAGING MORE YOUNG JEWS TO BE PROUD OF BEING JEWISH AND MORE CONNECTED TO ISRAEL?
Young Jews don't see it as relevant to their life

9% 13%

7% 5%

Young Jews are so busy trying to get into the best schools and jobs that they don't have time Young Jews today don't face the same kind of anti-Semitism as existed in the past Jewish education is too expensive

66%

Jewish education is boring

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JERUSALEM U DEEMED EFFECTIVE BY THOSE WHO KNOW IT BEST


Familiar Extremely Effective Very Effective Somewhat Effective Not Very Effective Not At All Effective Effective(NET) Not Effective(NET) 7% 32% 55% 6% 1% 93% 7% Took Class 8% 32% 53% 6% 1% 93% 7%

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MISSION STATEMENT
We are a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is (a) to reshape the attitudes of American society so that people with disabilities can more fully participate in and contribute to society, and (b) to empower people with disabilities to achieve as much of the American Dream as their abilities and efforts permit. RespectAbility will work to educate, sensitize and engage Americans to focus on what people with disabilities can do, rather than on what they cannot do. RespectAbility thereby will seek -- gradually, steadily, and in a practical way -- to help increase the number and percentage of Americans with disabilities who engage in gainful employment, start and sustain their own businesses, lift themselves into the middle class, and participate in their communities -- as fully as their abilities and efforts will take them.

FOUNDING CHAIR, DONN WEINGBERG


v Past chairman of the H.J. Weinberg Foundation v Weinberg Foundation distributes approx. $100 million a year, key areas include - Disabilities - Work place development v J.D, University of Baltimore School of Law v Editor and chief of Law Review v Board member of Philanthropy Roundtable and Jewish Funders Network

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PRESIDENT, JENNIFER LASZLO MIZRAHI


v Past clients include, White House, prime ministers, more than 60 members of Congress v Proven non-profit leader, who founded successful educational/advocacy organization v Dyslexic (could not read or write until she was 12), and proud parent of children with disabilities

Shelly Cohen, Donn Weinberg, and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

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JERUSALEM U
Jerusalem U is a leading online portal for Jewish distance learning with a vision to transform Jewish and Israel education for the 21st century, and to inspire, unify, and activate people of all ages as passionate supporters of Israel and the Jewish people. Founded in 2009 by Rabbi Raphael Shore, Jerusalem U is breaking new ground in outreach by creating original feature films, engaging film classes and courses, and experiential and interactive learning, all distributed via the internet, social media, television, grassroots campaigns and partnerships with mainstream pro-Israel and outreach organizations.

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WHERE TO FIND US
www.RespectAbilityUSA.org jenniferm@RespectAbilityUSA.org 202-365-0787 ~ www.jerusalemu.org rshore@jerusalemu.org 646-308-1301 amy@JerusalemU.org 610-664-5828
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