Jewish Journal

  • Kevin Youkilis Marrying Out to Tom Brady’s Sister: Counting Jews

    By Pini Herman

    February 10, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    The Youkilis family name has an unusual history from his entry on Wikipedia. His Jewish great-great-great-grandfather, a native of 19th-century Romania, moved to Greece at the age of 16 to avoid conscription at the hands of the notoriously anti-Semitic Cossacks. He became homesick,... read on

  • Jewish Community Charting Errors Add Up

    By Pini Herman

    February 8, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    This blog ends with an attempt to simplify with a parable. Whether the U.S. Jewish population is 5.2 million or 6.4 million may seem like a demographers’ squabble (previously in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) . The primary issue may be: Does the organized Jewish community continue to field an... read on

  • Jewish Identities for Christians

    By Pini Herman

    February 3, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    I never thought about it much, but as a gatekeeper for Jewish identities in several Jewish population studies over the years, I’ve bounced more than a few Christians who seemed theologically inclined to describe themselves as Jewish, but beside their beliefs, nothing else pointed... read on

  • Million Jews Found With Unknown Errors

    By Pini Herman

    February 2, 2012 | 10:07 am

    The demographic duel continues. This is a reply to Bruce Phillips’ blog, but as my colleague Bruce has commented to me: It seem like too much “inside baseball” to be of general interest. So in the next blog I will try to put it into more popular terms.

    Bruce, as social surveyors we... read on

  • Lost Positives: Estimating the American Jewish Population

    By Bruce Phillips

    January 31, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    In a recent Blog entry my colleague and co-blogger, Pini Herman, questioned Len Saxe’s estimate of 6.4 million Jews, arguing that the over-estimate was the result of “false positives,” meaning non-Jews who report Judaism as their religion. In the 2004 San Francisco study we did... read on

  • Demographic Dueling by the Duo

    By Pini Herman

    January 31, 2012 | 10:56 am

    My colleague Bruce Phillips has decided to take up the gauntlet that I threw down questioning the new US Jewish population estimates produced by two academic groups Back East at Brandeis, Florida and Connecticut of over six million Jews that they feel they have the evidence of... read on

  • Jewish Identity, It’s Less Holocaust Centric

    By Pini Herman

    January 27, 2012 | 9:31 am

    It’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day today, Jan. 27, 2012, 67 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. 

    My read from over 220 responses of the survey attached to this blog is that the Holocaust is of the least interest of many Jewish topics to people.  While the survey... 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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