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The UJA-Federation of New York has released the data from the largest Jewish community study ever conducted outside the State of Israel.

"Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011" was released this week onto an open access platform at the website of the North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut.

The study includes data from 5,993 interviews conducted between February and July 2011. It includes population estimates and data on demographic characteristics, human service needs, Jewish engagement, volunteerism and philanthropy of Jewish households.

It covers an eight-county area that includes the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester County and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.

The study, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York and conducted by Jewish Policy and Action Research (JPAR) under a group of six top researchers, was used as the basis for a number of reports since the data was collected.

A general report on the Jewish Community of New York using the 2011 data was released in June 2012, and a geographic study was released in January 2013. A third report was also released last week, the "Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty."

Scott A. Shay, chairman of the Jewish Community Study of New York Committee that formed the report, said, "We are delighted to share the data from the study with the entire Jewish community as well as with social scientists, scholars of religion, and other policy researchers.

"We believe the data set will make a significant contribution to better understanding the amazing phenomena of American Jewry, which is why we are committed to making the data publicly available and fully transparent. In our view the more the data is used, the better, as it is an asset that increases in value with use."