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by Pini Herman

June 27, 2011 | 11:14 pm

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The big survey story in June was the Foreskin Protectors swarming the Demographic Duo circumcision survey and thus revealing a bit about their lifetsyle and ethics. Nothing surprising. A few loud extremists in a media echo chamber. Foreskin Protectors to the Fore in Jewish Journal Blog Survey and Superiors” Court our Protection from Circumcisions were the workhorses of that topic.

At this rate of response, I would have to leave on the 7th billion man blog on for another week to get a desired forty respondents on its survey.  The majority of sentiment is that it is unlikely that Judaism will be popularly adopted in the world.  The minority view was that Judaism is somewhat likely to gain popular adoption, in order of likelihood in Mexico, South America, Africa, Russia and finally China. See Survey.

A Mexican conversion trip log by Rabbi Daniel Mehlman put bones and sinew on the phenomenon. No missionary work there, the potential Jews by choice are pretty much shunned by the traditional post-Conquistador Mexican Jewish community.

We’re decreasing population-wise in the past 10 years was the consensus of the few Jews who responded to Left out of the Picture, Looking at Our Navels blog.

Will Facebook Save Israel / American-Jewish Relations? I came out against sir and lady bountiful exotic social service tourism and railed against the lack of attention to local needs. On the survey only one in five hadn’t been to Israel and predictably the majority who had traveled to Israel had done so privately, not as part of an organized Jewish group.  Most people who had been to Israel acquired Israeli Facebook “friends.” Most friended Israelis met on private trips, but a fifth did so on organized trips.

Again, as in two non-survey blogs, I took the Jewish Federation to task for not undertaking a population survey since 1996, 15 years ago.

My foray into the death penalty only elicited respondents who were for the death penalty, all three of them in the The $308 million You Saved Calfornia Taxpayers

In Facebook’s Goodness Shines Upon Jews. Community awareness is big.  Only a tenth of respondents didn’t know the names of neighbors who lived close to them.  This is not Sweden.  Two-thirds of responders were users of Facebook.  Almost like Jewish homeownership rates.

2 to 3 hours on Facebook on the last 24 hours was the largest group of respondents with only a tenth spending less than an hour in the past day.

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) pini00003@gmail.com

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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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