It is clear that people, Jews included, do care about research. It provokes their thinking and reflection. It can ignite a conversation in which they have a stake and on which they have opinions. They want to be informed and believe that having the data makes them so. They want to be part of the broader conversation – not the contentious one about Israel but the one about who they are, what they care about and what is happening to the American Jewish community. This is very good news for the research community and a game-changer for Jewish social science.
Amy L. Sales, “Give a Boy a Hammer”, eJewish Philanthropy (3 August 2014) [http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/give-a-boy-a-hammer]