I am writing to let you know about a survey that I have begun that seeks to assess what people, from various crossections of our community see as the major issues facing the Orthodox Jewish community, the ease or difficulty in creating change, and a variety of related issues.
Please take a few moments (2-3 minutes) to respond. All responses are anonymous.
We all know that tzorchei amcha merubim– the needs of our people are many. We want to try to understand what (and why) people think what they do and offer this data to the wide range of policy makers, community stakeholders (including, of course, Rabbonim) as well as to the community to help shape a more effective and empirically informed dialogue.
This survey is part of a broader pioneering initiative our nascent institute is now undertaking. We are beginning to conduct, analyze, and most importantly, disseminate research at the nexus of psychiatric, psychological and social issues and the Orthodox, Ultra Orthodox and Chassidish Jewish communities in an effort to improve and empirically base community decision making, resource allocation and program development.
We currently have data regarding many critical areas of community functioning, including mental health and community stressors, issues of abuse, shidduchim and “off the derech” youth. We hope, over time, to offer this data in a clear, professional and most importantly useful manner for the community and it’s leadership with actionable practical implications.
We embark on our task recognizing the sensitivity of this information, the gravitas of the issues and, at the same time, a grounding in (realistic) optimism. Obviously, one size does NOT fit all and a contextual approach of appreciating the socio-religious and cultural norms and realities is essential.
Your feedback, comments and thoughts are much appreciated! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks and again please take 2-3 minutes to complete the anonymous attached survey.If you find it valuable or of interest, please feel free to forward this onto others. We are trying to get a wide range of responses and perspectives so it would be much appreciated.
גדול הלימוד שמביא לידי מעשה
Great is study that it brings about action
Sincerely and thanks for your help.
Director, Institute for Applied Research and Community Collaboration
Clinical Director, Center for Applied Psychology (CAPs) at Bikur Cholim, Monsey, NY