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Jewish Population in the United States, 1976

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Publication Date: January 1977

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Alvin Chenkin

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Demography; Population Estimate

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author presents data on the Jewish population in the United States for 1976, estimated at 5,845,000. This estimate is a composite of several sources: (1) for the New York City area, the 1970 National Jewish Population Study; (2) for other member communities of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF), responses to a direct inquiry; (3) for non-CJF members (usually smaller cities), previous information from National United Jewish Appeal records. The procedure for (3) is somewhat
dated, and individual estimates are therefore less reliable than those for communities (1) and (2). A study is currently in preparation to reach each of these communities for updated estimates in 1977.

In American Jewish Yearbook 1977, pp. 229-239.