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Brandeis University and UJA-Federation of NY is partnering with 18 synagogues in the NY Metro Area to conduct membership surveys to help us better understand ourselves and how our performance measures up.

Fill out your survey at

What’s it all about?

The survey is called the Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool. It was developed by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University with support from SYNERGY and UJA-Federation of New York. Twelve New York synagogues have already filled out the survey, and six more, including The Bayit, will complete the survey in the next two months.  All individual responses are completely confidential. Only totals are reported to UJA and the Bayit.

Who should participate?

Everyone who comes to the Bayit regularly! Members and non-members! Survey responses are anonymous.  To make the results truly representative we have a goal of 700 responses!

When is the survey?

We will be taking responses until March 22nd.  We should get the results about 2 months later.  Particpate online at

What will the survey measure?

The survey seeks to measure whether Synagogues and communities are "thriving'"  It will measure how the membership feels about current operations and future prospects in categories suchs as:

  • Vital Energy
  • Belonging
  • Intentional Leadership
  • Fostering a Sense of Community
  • Operations
  • Communications
  • Engaging With Other Organizations

The survey does not evaluate individual staff members, nor does it measure satisfaction with particular programs.

How long will it take? Where do I fill it out?

There are 75 questions to answer on a 5 point scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree. It takes about 15 minutes.  

The survey is online at You can fill it out until March 22nd. We will also have workstations around the building to use before and after tefillot, classes and events during the week. 

Wed, November 22 2017 4 Kislev 5778