Ethnic Identity and the Census: The Case of the American Jewish Population
Publication Date: October 2008
Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry
Author(s): Ira Rosenwaike
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Identity formation
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.