In 2008, Gen08, the first comprehensive national survey of Australia’s Jewish population was undertaken. The survey was completed by over 6,200 participants in Australia and New Zealand, and almost 400 Russian-speaking Jews – a record for surveys undertaken in the Diaspora.
The Gen17 survey, launched in February 2017, will replicate the 2008 study, to measure the extent of change that has occurred within the Jewish population. It will make possible a full understanding of the current views and needs of Jewish Australians, enabling organisations to plan effectively and to target their resources to areas of greatest need and impact.
Data specifically about Russian-speaking Jews will be analysed by Emmanuel Gruzman, himself a Russian-speaking Jew, for his PhD project. Mr Gruzman’s PhD thesis is about first and second (Australian born) generation Russian-speaking Jews in Melbourne and their economic and cultural integration. If there will be a sufficient number of Russian-speaking Jewish participants in the survey, Mr Gruzman will also produce a special report published by Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation.
This is the opportunity for you to have your say and provide the evidence that is the vital ingredient for community planning – a once in a decade contribution of your time.
The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, in partnership with JCA, the Jewish Communal Appeal Sydney, is leading this Australia-wide project. Communities across Australia are co-operating on this second comprehensive national survey.
You can access the survey with the following link: http://www.monash.edu/gen17
If you know someone who wishes to participate, but doesn’t have access to the internet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 9903 5004 and we will endeavour to make arrangements to provide them with other means of access. If you wish to contact Emmanuel Gruzman, please email email@example.com