Jewish Senior Life and the Jewish Service of Rochester are administering an online survey to study Jewish poverty in the community, against the backdrop of a larger poverty initiative underway in Rochester until March 31.

“The purpose of this study is to better understand the very real poverty-related needs for supports and services within our Jewish community, for those of all ages,” said Michael King, president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “Our goal is to understand the need for supports and services that might now be unrecognized and unmet.”

Janet Sunkin, president and CEO of Jewish Family Service, agrees that Jewish poverty has not gathered as much attention as it needs.

“The unanticipatedly strong response to both the Brighton Food Cupboard and Brighton Your Wardrobe programs made it clear that there is more poverty within the Jewish community than has been acknowledged and addressed,” Sunkin said.

It is confidential and anonymous to participate. To take the survey, visit

For those without Internet, call 585-461-0110 for help in finding another way to participate. Computer kiosks are available in the lobbies of the Jewish Home, 2021 S. Winton Road, Rochester, and the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester.