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  • Making an Orthodox sense of an unorthodox census

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    October 4, 2013 | 10:23 am

    The Pew survey, reported last week in major news outlets, inadvertently mischaracterizes Orthodox demographic trends quite dramatically and necessarily undercounts us significantly, for the same reason that other random-digit-dialing and surveying techniques do.  I previously have...

  • Survey: Israeli parents give children cell phones for peace of mind

    August 14, 2013 | 9:50 am

    One in four Israeli children between the ages of 6 and 8 has their own cell phone, a new survey found.

    The number increases to one in three children for ages 9 to 11, and 91 percent for children ages 12-14, the survey by the Israeli cell phone company Pelephone found.

    The...

  • Facebook Family Photo Album Time (or A Rant On Why I Now Hate Facebook)

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 15, 2013 | 9:18 am

    I used to love Facebook. Of course, I would have never admitted it. But the truth is, up until about 2010, Facebook was mainly a website for young people. Young people doing stupid things. And it was glorious. But now, I can't stand it. Now, all it is is one big family photo album...

  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

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  • Israel May Be Main Topic In Next National Jewish Population Survey of the U.S.

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2013 | 11:26 am

    If the new planned national surveys of Jewish population confirm what has been clear to demographer Sergio DellaPergola and myself and some other demographers that Israel has overtaken the U.S. in the last decade in having the largest Jewish population in the world, this may be...

  • Survey: 27 percent of Americans see God’s hand in sports

    January 29, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Fewer than three in 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining sports outcomes, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    That 27 percent believed in divine intervention in athletic competition was among the findings of the January Religion...

  • World’s Happiness Rate

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 10, 2013 | 10:22 am

    After rating the states of the world mostly on a financial basis, the Earth Institute at Columbia University published the first ever World Happiness Report, made at request of the UN. The report contains information on various happiness measurements collected to create a "life...

  • Survey: 69 percent of Florida Jews voting for Obama

    September 20, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Sixty-nine percent of Florida Jews say they will likely vote for President Obama, as opposed to 25 percent for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.

    The American Jewish Committee survey, which was conducted by QEV Analytics, reached 254 registered Jewish...

  • Who knows who L.A.'s Jews are?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 25, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Susan Goldberg, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, grew up in nearby Echo Park.

    “There were no Jewish families around when I was growing up,” Goldberg, 38, said. Now that these neighborhoods are being gentrified, and a young, creative crowd is moving...

  • Israelis divided on U.S. role in peace process, survey finds

    June 27, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Israeli Jews have mixed feelings about the success of the role of the United States in the Middle East peace process, a survey found.

    According to the seventh annual B’nai B’rith World Center Survey on Contemporary Israeli Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry, one-third of the...

  • Survey: Israel losing ground with Germans

    May 24, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    A new survey suggests that Germans have lost some love for Israel over the past three years.

    In the poll of 1,002 citizens, 36 percent said they liked Israel, down from 59 percent in a similar survey conducted in January 2009. Also, only 21 percent believe that Israel cares about...

  • Survey: Jewish voters want Obama back, see economy as top concern

    April 3, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Jewish registered voters see the economy as the most important issue, and nearly two-thirds support President Barack Obama’s re-election, according to a new survey.

    The 62 percent of Jewish voters backing Obama’s return was more than twice the number who said they would prefer a...

  • Evangelical Protestants sympathize with Israel, survey finds

    June 23, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Evangelical Protestant leaders from around the world said they sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians, although a small majority said they sympathize with both sides equally, a survey found.

    Thirty-four percent of respondents in a new Pew Research Center global...

  • Meet with critical Jewish groups, Israelis tell survey

    June 22, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    A majority of Israelis believe that their government representatives should meet with Diaspora Jewish groups that criticize their policies, a new survey found.

    Some 71 percent of those responding to the sixth annual Survey of Contemporary Israeli Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry...

  • New survey: U.S. has more Jews than believed

    December 21, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    The American Jewish population is larger than suspected, according to new estimates compiled by Brandeis University.

    The suburban Boston university’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute is estimating that there are some 6.5 million people in the United States who are either...

  • Survey: U.S. Jews favor strike on Iran, denominations split on Obama

    September 30, 2009 | 2:07 pm

    A new survey shows that a majority of American Jews would support a U.S. military strike on Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons—a significant increase from a year ago.

    Fifty-six percent of American Jews would support the “United States taking military action against...

  • Standing in the polls

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

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  • Jewish researchers dispute some Pew religion survey data

    By Sue Fishkoff

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    American Jews are adopting and discarding their Jewish identities with increasing rapidity in a country that is becoming less white and less Christian, according to a new study of religious affiliation in the United States.

    But just hours after the study's publication Monday, Jewish...

  • New reports expose rampant anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Here in the US, CNN's Paula Zahn reports, some blame Jews for 9/11 A young French Jew is kidnapped, tortured and left to die by a band of Muslims. Arson badly damages Geneva's largest synagogue. A 13-year-old girl on a London bus is robbed and kicked unconscious after her...
  • Briefs: Survey to catalog landmark Boyle Heights buildings to prevent destruction; Chabad expands on West Coast

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Survey to catalog landmark Boyle Heights buildings to prevent destruction

    A survey of historic landmark buildings in Boyle Heights will start shortly, spurred in part by the mysterious demolition of a former Jewish Community Center last year.

    To prevent such thoughtless destruction...

  • New study finds 1 million more Jews in U.S.

    By Jacob Berkman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A new study gives fairly concrete evidence that the American Jewish population could be more than 1 million people larger than believed -- but if so, it means efforts to engage them may have been less successful than the community realized.

    The United Jewish Communities' (UJC)...

  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • Huizar Proposal Would Close Razing Loophole

    By Tom Tugend

    March 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An order to investigate the demolition of a historic Jewish Community Center (JCC) building in Boyle Heights is now on the agenda of the Los Angeles City Council.

    Under a motion introduced March 22 by Councilmember Jose Huizar, whose district includes Boyle Heights, municipal...

  • Style and Substance

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can the 2003 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) tell us that The New York Times wedding announcements can't?

    I read both this weekend, pretty much one after the other, and I can tell you that the nuptial notices make up in pretty portraits what they lack in hard data....

  • There’s More to Us

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    All this week there's been some strange goings-on at the intersection of Us and Them.

    Pop diva Whitney Houston spent a few days in Israel among the black Hebrews. "It's home," she said about Israel. "It's a friendship I've never had with any other country."

    Meanwhile, Madonna donated...

  • Jewish Survey Missing Data

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Much-anticipated parts of the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) will not be released as expected next week because some of the data has been lost.

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC), which is funding the $6 million study, is canceling all events pertaining to the 2000-01...

  • Safety in Numbers

    By Rob Eshman

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The immediate effect of a new, painstaking, multiyear, $6 million population survey of American Jewry has been to convince Jewish professionals that whatever they've been doing is the best thing for American Jewry.

    The National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 (NJPS), just...

  • Poll: College Kids Back Israel

    By Joe Berkofsky

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. college students back Israel over the Palestinians by a 4-1 margin, according to a new survey.

    The mid-July survey of 300 students found that 43 percent of respondents called themselves supporters of Israel, while only 11 percent backed the Palestinians. Another 29 percent did...

  • Surveying ‘America’s Jewish Freshmen’

    By Rachel Brand

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Adam Bergman researched colleges toward the end of his senior year at Milken High School, he looked very closely at the quality of their soccer teams and not so closely at the size of their Jewish populations.

    "I don't consider myself religious at all. I have never chosen a...

  • Courting the 5th District

    By Mike Levy

    May 24, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Jews may provide the swing vote in next week's tight race for the City Council's 5th District between the well-known Tom Hayden and newcomer Jack Weiss.

    Comprising roughly one-third of likely voters in the district, Jewish voters are evenly split between the two candidates, a recent...

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