Nishma Research has conducted ten broad communal studies since 2015. All are available and downloadable free. Click the "Social Research" link above to access these reports as well as related media coverage.

(1) Starting a Conversation: A Pioneering Survey of Those Who Have Left the Orthodox Community (2016) – Why people leave Orthodoxy, the nature of their journeys, practices, beliefs, identity, community and relationships – across Chasidic, Yeshivish and Modern Orthodox segments.

(2) The Nishma Research Profile of American Modern Orthodox Jews (2017) – Religious beliefs and practices, Orthodox observance as a part of life, shul life, Jewish study, women’s roles, children’s education, sexuality, Israel connection and advocacy, overall successes, opportunities and challenges.

(3) The Successes, Challenges, and Future of American Modern Orthodoxy (Nov. 2019) – Exploration of internal and external challenges unique to Modern Orthodoxy, including issues of dissension and the impact, both positive and negative, of Modern Orthodoxy's interactions with secular society.

(4) The Journeys and Experiences of Baalei Teshuvah (Nov. 2019) – Reasons why people become observant, challenges and joys, the nature of their continuing journey, how they are different or similar to the "frum from birth" and what baalei teshuvah want the rest of their community to know about them.

(5) Political Views of the Orthodox Community (Feb. 2020) – Conventional wisdom is that Orthodox Jews vote Republican, while the rest of U.S. Jewry leans strongly Democrat and Liberal. But it turns out that this is misperception, resulting most political surveys clump all of Orthodoxy together. There is much more to the story, as revealed by a survey of 1,264 American Orthodox Jews.

(6) Health, Emotional, Financial & Religious Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Jewish Community (June 2020) – Recently completed, this survey of 860 Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Jews is the first study to broadly explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Jewish community.

(7) Priorities of Trump Voters vs. Biden Voters in the Orthodox Jewish Community: A Post-Election Analysis (Nov. 2020) – This survey of 449 Orthodox Jews divided them into Trump voters and Biden voters, and explored their similarities and differences.

(8) Ten Months Later – Where Do We Stand? - The U.S. Jewish Community’s Views on Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccines (Jan. 2021) – This survey of 1,426 American Jews explores views, concerns and actions being taken in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, and focuses on the extent and drivers of pro-vaccine vs. anti-vaccine sentiment.

(9) COVID-19 Attitudes and Vaccine Hesitancy in the U.S. Orthodox Jewish Community: Views Among the Chasidish, Yeshivish, and Modern Orthodox Segments (June 2021)

(10) NEWLY RELEASED! The Finances of Orthodoxy (December 2021) – This survey of 1,334 Modern Orthodox and 973 Haredi respondents broadly explored the issue of the cost of a frum life, financial as well as attitudinal.

Shul Survey – Nishma Research offers an easy, professional and inexpensive way for shuls to survey all of their members across a wide range of issues. This includes customization to ensure that the survey will address issues of importance to your shul. Click the "Shul Survey" link above for information.

Organizational Research – In addition, Nishma conducts qualitative and quantitative research for Jewish organizations. Contact us for a free consultation, to find out how we can help you to do better long-range planning, grow and retain membership, improve satisfaction, etc.