Jewish Journal

  • Will Facebook Save Israel / American-Jewish Relations

    By Pini Herman

    June 20, 2011 | 12:01 am

    How shall I say it, not that young Jews don’t care about Israel, but it usually doesn’t show up as a blip on their radar screens. Major worry for major American Jewish organizations.  Same goes for Israel’s young’s unconcern about American Jewry. Not much worry for major... read on

  • Facebook’s Goodness Shines Upon Jews

    By Pini Herman

    June 18, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    Jews, I have discovered in previous research, have a much greater participation on social networking sites such as Facebook than the general population.

    The Pew Internet and American Life’s new survey on social networking sites has found that the number of people on social... read on

  • $781,500 to Raise a Jewish Child

    By Pini Herman

    June 16, 2011 | 8:13 pm

    Without the fancy add-ons, it costs at least a fifth more (22 percent) in inflation adjusted dollars to raise a child from birth through age 17 now, than it did in 1960.  In 1960, it cost $185,856 (in 2010 dollars). 

    A couple earning between $57,600 and $99,730 can expect to spend... read on

  • UCLA vs. USC Housing Forecasts - Growing Younger While Getting Older

    By Pini Herman

    June 15, 2011 | 8:01 pm

    I’m confused.

    Both UCLA’s Anderson Forecast and USC’s School of Policy Planning and Development agree that Housing is in trouble. The demographic justifications are diametrically opposed. UCLA says the population is “skewing younger” and USC says the population is aging.

    How can... read on

  • Womens’ Life -  What Do You Expect?

    By Pini Herman

    June 15, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Life expectancy rising has been a staple of past public health reports in the U.S., and overall women in the U.S. are still living longer, but many counties in are showing decreasing life expectancy of a year or two in womens lives, primarily in areas where poverty and poor health... read on

  • Prop 13 is a bust, Says a Demographer

    By Pini Herman

    June 14, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    Dowell Myers, a demographer colleague from USC, weighed in Steve Lopez’s June 1, LA Times column that support for Prop 13 is based on the myth that property values will keep on rising. Myers argues, based on his demographic analysis of the housing market, home values will actually... read on

  • A uniquely Jewish demographic trait

    By Pini Herman

    June 14, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    I’d like to begin this Demographic Duo blog in the Jewish tradition of a Torah learning.

    We Jews measure a lot, and we also have a uniquely Jewish way of measuring.  We measure time, populations, our space and geography.  After Egypt, God gave us a calendar, then the Torah and... read on

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Bruce Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. He has conducted Jewish population...

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