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Ethnic Identity and the Census: The Case of the American Jewish Population

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Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Ira Rosenwaike

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Ethnic and racial groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Identity formation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Jewish Population Studies 19 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1985), 11-22. In this paper the 1980 census query on ancestry is examined in order to determine whether it can provide proxy data useful to the study of the American Jewish population. It is found that despite the purposeful lack of established statistics some data may be derived, but these are of limited potential utility to researchers and must be viewed with proper caution.