Jewish Journal

More Jews in Los Angeles Than in Canada

by Pini Herman

May 9, 2013 | 6:53 pm

Having partaken of the Jewish hospitality of our Neighbors to the North at a number of life cycle events in Toronto, I like to follow their numbers, but they are amazingly stable, not declining or rising very much.  The Canadians count their Jews. There is no separation of religion and state in Canada and state subsidies to recognized religious institutions are often based on the religion counts gathered by the Canadian census.  Canadian Jewish religious day schools enjoy state subsidies which may partially account for greater availability of Jewish day school education in Canada.

In 2001 Canada counted 329,995 Jews in it's national census and 315,120 in 2006. The recently published 2011 national household survey found 329,500 Jews.  When Canadian Jews reach about a half million, they will have about as many Jews as we may have in Los Angeles.

Not unlike the growth of “none” as a religious self-identifcation in the U.S., nearly one quarter of Canada’s population, 23.9 per cent, had no religious affiliation – up from 16.5 per cent a decade earlier, as recorded in the 2001 census. The question is whether Jews are leaders in this area.  This 49 percent increase in a decade of no religious affiliation might account for the stagnation in the number of Canadian Jews.  A Canadian Jewish population study would go a long way to explaining Canadian Jewish Population Dynamics.

Pini Herman, PhD. specializes in demographics, big data and predictive analysis, has served as Asst. Research Professor at the University of Southern California Dept. of Geography,  Adjunct Lecturer at the USC School of Social Work,  Research Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles following Bruce Phillips, PhD. in that position and is a past President of the Movable Minyan a lay-lead independent congregation in the 3rd Street area. Currently he is a principal of Phillips and Herman Demographic Research. To email Pini: pini00003@gmail.com To follow Pini on Twitter:

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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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