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2013-2014 Annual Assessment

Five key dimensions, Geopolitics, Bonds Within and Between Communities, Identity Formation and Expression, Material Resources, and Demography influence Jewish people interests and outcomes.1 With this Annual Assessment JPPI initiates a practice of each year highlighting one of these five dimensions for greater focus. The emphasis this year is on Identity. As in all five dimensions, interpreting trends and changes to arrive at a net assessment that accurately reflects the balance between challenges and opportunities leaves considerable room for subjectivity. To supplement the policy discussions presented here, JPPI conducted a survey among a small sample of selected individuals, in part as a detection mechanism for change that might otherwise escape notice.2 These responses have been combined with other data sources to provide the following assessments of short-term trends.