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Big in Facebook, Jews lose face on National Geographic’s 7th Billion Typical Man

by Pini Herman

June 26, 2011 | 12:18 am

Can you locate a Jewish zit?

Jews may not be increasing, everybody else seems to be. Minority babies in the U.S. are now aborn the majority. That was old news in LA hospitals for years.  Its lucky for us in LA, because in a quarter of all US counties there are more coffins than cradles now.

My world is largely defined by my monthly dose of National Geographic Society (NGS) magazine.

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While Jews are such a great presence on the virtual world of social networking sites, we were airbrushed off in the NGS March 2011 magazine graphic of the typical 7th billion man.  Jews could have rated a bit over 120 of the seven thousand little person figures that comprise this picture.

I’m looking for a Jewish mole on the face of the world at seven billion.  At least NGS could have given us a pimple.  Jews don’t even rate mention on the religion chart.

Our coreligionists have adopted some really cute Chinese baby girls. Now, with many Jewishly well educated, some may grow up to be the next Jewish Aimee Semple McPhersons of China.  As Sister Aimee said:

With God, I can do all things! But with God and you, and the people who you can interest, by the grace of God, we’re gonna cover the world!

Pini Herman serves as President of the Movable Minyan a lay-lead independent congregation in the 3rd Street area. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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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