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You Are Invited to Participate in the 2009 Survey of Leadership and American Jewish Life

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dr. Steven Cohen Invites you to Participate in 2009 Survey of Leadership and American Jewish Life

American Jewish leaders have been changing – but we don’t exactly know how. We think that leaders in their 20s and 30s are different from those in their 50s and 60s. And we imagine that the Boomers today differ from the Boomers two or three decades ago.

Leaders may vary in their hopes and fears; in the issues that capture their interest, and that drive them to act; and in the ways in which they see Jews, Judaism, and the world. They may differ in terms of their life experiences that have led them to be who they are today.

To explore these issues, concerns that are critical to policy makers, philanthropists, and the Jewish public Dr. Steven M. Cohen invites you to participate in, “The 2009 Survey of Leadership and American Jewish Life.” Whether you see yourself as a “Jewish leader” or not, and however old or young you may be, he’d like you to participate.

The survey is part of a larger effort to explore these and related issues, entitled, “The 2009 Avi Chai Study of American Jewish Leaders.” That effort draws upon the talents of six social scientists – younger and older, throughout the US – led by Prof. Jack Wertheimer, with a grant from the Avi Chai Foundation.

You’ll find that this survey is unlike any you’ve taken before, certainly any you’ve taken on Jewish matters. Some fairly complex issues are raised in ways that are both clearly articulated and genuinely stimulating.

How long will the survey take to complete? You’ll get through the bulk of the questionnaire and arrive at the Demographics section within 15 minutes. If you’re willing and able to continue, we have 5-7 minutes of additional questions, after Demographics. Of course, you are free to stop at any time, but please complete as much of the survey as possible.

Your answers will be treated confidentially, but not anonymously. Your identity or individual answers will not be shared with anybody, even though your email is part of your reply. The compiled results of the survey will be shared with you as soon as they are ready for distribution. Should you have any comments, write directly to: Steve34NYC@AOL.COM .

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