Mt Sinai Pulse Survey Report 2011

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  • 1. June 2011 1

2. Table of ContentsI. Introduc,on by the Rabbi II. Introduc,on by the Vice President III. Demographics - Who we are IV. Survey results a. Community b. Mt Sinai c. Resource alloca,on V. Segmented results a. Male vs Female b. Single vs Married c. Member vs Non-member d. Ac,ve vs Non-ac,ve VI. Appendix 2 3. I. Introduction by the RabbiWe are tremendously blessed that our Mt Sinai community is constantly growing. We are one of the very fewshuls that welcomes new members on a weekly basis and we as a community benefit immeasurably from thisgrowth, and the vibrancy and energy it provides. Of course part of the growth has meant that we, the Shulleadership, do not have as strong a sense of the community as we would like. In a desire to combat thisinevitable side-effect of our growth, our Vice President , Rebecca Saidlower, together with other Shul leadersdrafted a Pulse survey to canvas our members and collect basic data.When reading these results please bear in mind what they are and what they are not. These results are simplya snapshot of the Mt Sinai community as it was a few months ago. They do not necessarily represent thecommunity as it stands today. Certainly they do attempt to represent where the community will be in the future.The pulse survey was deliberate in not asking probing questions about halachic practice or ideology. The goalwas to collect only the most basic information. However, due to the success of this first pulse survey we plan ondrafting future surveys where such probing questions will be asked. Our goal in so doing will not be to decidequestions of Shul policy solely based on public opinion. To do that would be to abdicate the responsibility ofleadership- which is to be prescriptive and directive; not just descriptive. Rather, we hope that when armed withmore information, we will be able to make better informed decisions and be even more responsive to thecommunitys needs. Hopefully this will help us further unite under the sacred banner of Kiddush ShemShamayim, elevating Hashems name through our Torah, tefilla and acts of kindness. Hoping that you are well, Rabbi Ezra Schwartz3 4. II. Introduction by the VPI am excited to share the Mt Sinai Pulse Survey report. Over 400 people took the ,me to answer this survey and tell us what they think about Washington Heights and Mt Sinai. We want you to know that we are listening. We are constantly combing through the data to learn more about who we are and what the people in this community want. There is no one voice of Mt Sinai, and I am excited that this survey has allowed us to see a plurality of voices and opinions. I want to thank Akiva Stechler and the rest of the commiQee for the ,me and eort that made this project a success. The Mt Sinai community is large, vibrant, diverse and opinionated. I believe that our greatest strengths are also our greatest challenge and that our greatest weaknesses also represent our greatest poten,al. One of the main themes to the survey is a love and apprecia,on for the shuls dynamic nature - how there are tons of people, shiurim, events, and ac,vi,es going on all the ,me. The communitys explosive growth has allowed the shul to be doing more than ever before. Yet that growth brings with it a lesser amount of warmth, hominess, and a bit of a loss of the small shul feel. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in the social hall on Friday night. We no longer know everyone in Keyfoods name. I believe that we as a community need to ac,vely say that we will not let our growth impede our warmth. It might be harder to be welcoming now, but if so, we need to work harder, try harder and do more to ensure that we dont lose the community feel that makes Mt Sinai great. Another poten,al challenge reected in the survey is the communitys transience. Over 50% of respondents indicated that they intend to move out of Washington Heights in the next 2 years. Many view this as a weakness, or a problem that needs to be solved. I have a dierent approach. I think we should both accept and embrace this transience. Let this community be a stop along peoples life journeys, but let it be a meaningful one; let this stop be the ,me and place where people develop a personal Jewish iden,ty outside the context of an educa,onal ins,tu,on; let this shul be an incubator of personal, professional, social and religious growth; and let the bright young minds who are part of Mt Sinai transform into though^ul, commiQed, philanthropic adults who will be the leaders of the shuls and Jewish communi,es they move to in the future. The constant inux of new faces can be the ever refreshing energy that pulses through the shuls veins as we develop new programs, new ini,a,ves, and achieve greater success. I hope you enjoy reading this report. Id love to hear comments and feedback, either on the web, via email or in person. Best, Rebecca Saidlower VP@mtsinaishul.com4 5. III. Demographics - Who we are Male/Female Marital status 1.9% 0.7% 3.3% 0.2% Single (63.6%) Married 43.1% Male Engaged 30.1% Female 56.9% Divorced 63.6% Long-term rela,onship Widow (0.2%) 418 people completed the survey 5 6. III. Who we are If married: Did you meet your spouse in the Heights? Do you have children? 40.5% Yes Yes 50.0% 50.0% No No 59.5% 6 7. III. Who we are Age: 60 50 40 # of people 30 20 10 0 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 41 50 52 60 64 68 85 7 8. III. Who we are I am currently (all that apply1): In school for an 1.9% undergraduate degree Other 2.4% Neither in school nor 5.0% employed In school for a graduate 36.6% degree Employed 70.3% 0.0% 20.0% 40.0% 60.0% 80.0% 1 Please note that respondents could choose mul,ple op,ons, ie they can be in graduate school and employed, so the total is more than 100% 8 9. III. Who we areProfessions1: 2.2% 3.1% 2.6% Other (38.8%) 3.4% Educa,on / Special Ed / Jewish Ed 4.6% Law Psychology 5.3% 38.8% Social Work Judaic Studies 5.5% Finance 5.5% Non-Prot / Jewish Non-Prot Accoun,ng 7.4% Computers 8.4% 13.2% Marke,ng Occupa,onal Therapy (2.2%) 1 Listed are the professions that represented more than 2%. All other professions were grouped into Other 9 10. III. Who we are My hometown state is: 3.8% 3.6% 1.4% New York (36.2%) 4.1% New Jersey 4.6% Other US state Illinois 36.2% 4.8% Canada 5.3% California Maryland 5.5% Pennsylvania 11.8% NA 18.9% MassachuseQs Other country (1.4%) Community members represent over 115 dierent ci,es and neighborhoods from 24 states across the US and 5 other countries. 10 11. III. Who we areColleges: 2.2% 1.9% 1.7% 1.7% YU/Stern (52.8%) 2.4% 2.4% Other 3.4% Brandeis 3.4% Penn 3.4% N/A Barnard 4.6% Queens College 52.8% NYU Touro College 20.4% Columbia York University Brooklyn College (1.7%) 11 12. III. Who we areI have lived in the Heights for: 30.0% 26.1% 25.0% 20.0% 18.4% 16.3% 14.1% 15.0% 11.0% 10.0% 6.9% 5.3% 5.0% 1.9% 0.0% 12 13. III. Who we areI tentaDvely plan to live in the Heights for the next: 40.0% 34.9% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 21.1% 20.0% 15.0% 13.2% 9.6% 10.0% 5.0% 5.0% 2.4% 1.7% 2.2% 0.0% 13 14. III. Who we areThe main factors determining why I am staying or when I might move are (all that apply): 70.0% 65.3% 61.2% 60.0% 56.0% 49.3% 50.0% 45.2% 40.0% 30.0% 28.0% 21.1% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0% 14 15. IV. Survey results - CommunityAre you happy living in the Washington Heights - Mt Sinai Jewish Center community? 8.9% Yes No 91.1% 15 16. IV. Survey results - Community Do you feel like you are Are you proud to be part of part of the Washington the Washington Heights - Mt Heights - Mt Sinai Jewish Sinai Jewish Center Center community? community? 21.3% 23.9% Yes Yes No No 78.7% 76.1% 16 17. IV. Survey results - CommunityWould you recommend to a friend to move to Washington Heights - Mt Sinai Jewish Center community? 10.8% Yes No 89.2% 17 18. IV. Survey results - CommunityWhat is your most favorite part of the community1? Friends Programming Vibrancy / Dynamism Warmth/Welcoming Community Social life One shul Quality/ Diversity of people What is your least favorite part of the community1? Cliques Parking Size Overwhelmingness Loca,on Shul poli,cs Shul too crowded Hard to meet people Hashkafa (Right and Leq!) Leadership cri,ques 1 Please note that these are based on the observa,ons of the Survey CommiQee of recurring themes to the free-response ques,ons and are not listed in any specic order 18 19. IV. Survey results - CommunityPlease rate your overall saDsfacDon with the Washington Heights - Mt Sinai Jewish Center community 30.0% 26.1% 26.6% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 12.4% 10.5% 10.0% 8.6% 4.3% 4.8% 4.5% 5.0% 0.7% 1.4% 0.0% 1 Least 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Most Average ra,ng: 6.94 19 20. IV. Survey results Mt Sinai Do you consider yourself to Are you a member of Mt be an acDve parDcipant in Mt Sinai? Sinai acDviDes? 21.3% Yes 48.8% Yes No No 51.2% 78.7% 20 21. IV. Survey results Mt Sinai Are you saDsed with the Are you saDsed with the lay leadership of the shul? professional sta of the shul? 17.0% 18.4% Yes Yes No No 83.0% 81.6% 21 22. IV. Survey results Mt SinaiHow important to you are the following funcDons of Mt Sinai Jewish Center? 1. Not 2. 3. 4. 5. Very RaDng important important Average Religious 1.2% 3.1% 7.9% 25.6% 62.2% 4.44 Educa,onal 4.1% 9.6% 25.1% 34.0% 27.3% 3.71 Social 4.1% 3.8% 16.3% 36.1% 39.7% 4.04 Community 3.6% 14.4% 27.3% 34.0% 20.8% 3.54 Service 22 23. IV. Survey results Mt Sinai Please rate your saDsfacDon with the Mt Sinai Jewish Center in the those areas. 1. Least 2. 3. 4. 5. Most RaDng saDsed saDsed Average Religious 4.1% 7.4% 23.7% 40.7% 24.2% 3.73 Educa,onal 5.0% 8.9% 28.9% 40.2% 17.0% 3.55 Social 6.2% 6.0% 25.1%