New Research Finds 20% of Jewish America Is Ethnically and Racially Diverse

Publication Date: September 2005

Publisher: Institute for Jewish and Community Research

Author(s): Scott Rubin; Diane Tobin; Gary A. Tobin

Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: Race and Ethnicity; Diversity; Jewish Identification

Type: News release

Coverage: United States


A new book, entitled "In Every Tongue" presents research showing that American Jews are diverse and multiracial rather than exclusively of white European ancestry. Ethnic and racial groups among American Jews include African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Sephardic (of Spanish and Portuguese descent), Middle Eastern, and mixed-race Jews. These diverse Jews tend to identify strongly with both the Jewish community and their racial or ethnic community.