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Counting Jewish Populations: Methods and Problems

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Publication Date: January 1988

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Barry A. Kosmin; Paul Ritterband; Jeffrey Scheckner

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Demography; Census; Methodology

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This article describes and evaluates the methods of counting Jews and the problems associated with this task, such as: determining who is a Jew; how to count "uncounted Jews"; and how to improve research methodology.

In American Jewish Yearbook 1988, pp. 204-221.