The survey was initiated in 1998 by the IJPR and the Kaplan Centre and conducted using face-to-face interviews with a sample of adults from Jewish families in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
v1.1: Edited, anonymised dataset for public distribution
The dataset was provided to DataFirst by the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies in March 2021.
The survey collected background data on Jewish households in the four cities. Data was collected on: citizenship, education levels, home language, home ownership, marital status, migration history, and number of children. Data on political and social attitudes of respondents was also collected. Collection of data specifically related to being Jewish in South Africa was the main purpose of the survey. This included data on: Childrens' enrollment in Jewish schools and the respondent's attitudes to these schools; attitudes to Israel, religious beliefs, practices and experiences; attitudes to and experiences of anti-semitism, the Jewish community and Jewish organisations.
The survey covered selected Jewish households in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.
The target population of the survey consists of Jewish South Africans.
Producers and sponsors
Institute for Jewish Policy Research
Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research
University of Cape Town
Kaplan Kushlick Foundation
South African Jewish Board of Deputies
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Decision Surveys International
A single household questionnaire was used for the survey
Institute for Jewish Policy Research and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies. Survey of Jewish South Africans 1998 [dataset]. Version 1. London: IJPR. Cape Town: Kaplan Centre [producers], 1999. Cape Town. DataFirst [distributor], 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/W4Y8-W546