December 2014

Dear Friends,

Although much of the academic world is slowing down for the holidays, we have been in overdrive developing a series of new reports. Today, I am pleased to announce release of the latest iteration of the American Jewish Population Project---our (now) annual release of population data about the U.S. Jewish population. Our current estimate of the American Jewish population (as of 2013) includes at least 7.1 million adults and children.

Along with the new estimate, we have enhanced the mapping features of our interactive website. One can now more easily see population data for specific areas of the country. The estimates are built on the basis of our data synthesis of hundreds of national surveys. We have added nearly 200 new studies and, as well, have used data from the Pew Research Center's Portrait of Jewish Americans (2013) to estimate the number of Jews who identify not by religion. Some of the findings detailed in the new website were summarized in my recent Tablet Magazine essay.

Posted below is a short video demonstrating some of the new features of the interactive map and techniques for getting the most information from the website. The video was made by one of our graduate research associates, David Manchester, who presented the website at the recent meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies. We hope these tools will be helpful to communal leaders on the local and national level, as well as to researchers and those interested in the Jewish community. We welcome your feedback about the new maps and any suggestions about how the website can be more useful. 

Finally, on behalf of all of us at the Center, I would like to congratulate CMJS faculty affiliate Sylvia Barack Fishman, who is the recipient of this year's Marshall Sklare Award. She was feted at the meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies and, in the best of academic traditions, shared a wonderful lecture about the state of Jewish families and marriage. We are honored to have such a strong connection with this award----from Marshall Sklare himself (dir. CMJS 1980-1986)----to past award winners (including Charles Kadushin and myself).


Best wishes for a Hanukkah filled with light and peace. 

  Len signature  

Leonard Saxe, PhD

Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy
Director, Steinhardt Social Reseach Institute and Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

The American Jewish Population Project


You asked for changes. We delivered. SSRI is happy to announce its update of the American Jewish Population Project's interactive map.


Check out the video below to find out what you can learn about your Jewish community.


American Jewish Population Project Interactive Map


2014 Marshall Sklare Award Winner 

Sylvia Barack Fishman

The Marshall Sklare Award is given annually by the

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

to a senior scholar who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry, primarily through the publication of a body of research in books and articles or of published work related to public policy. 

The award is named in memory of the "founder of American Jewish sociology" Marshall Sklare (1921-1992), who had been Klutznick Family Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Sociology at Brandeis University.


Volume 7, Issue 7
This Issue
American Jewish Population Project
2014 Marshall Sklare Award
New Publication

JDataa CMJS signature project, collects and provides census-like information about Jewish educational programs in North America. 


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