Jewish Population in the United States, 1976

By Alvin Chenkin

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 1977

The author presents data on the Jewish population in the United States for 1976, estimated at 5,845,000. This estimate is a composite of several sources: (1) for the New York City area, the 1970 National Jewish Population Study; (2) for other member communities of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF), responses to a direct inquiry; (3) for non-CJF members (usually smaller cities), previous information from National United Jewish Appeal records. The procedure for (3) is somewhat dated, and individual estimates are therefore less reliable than those for communities (1) and (2). A study is currently in preparation to reach each of these communities for updated estimates in 1977.


Topic: Jewish Identification, Demography, Population Estimate

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol.77

Page Number(s): 229-239

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Chenkin, Alvin. Jewish Population in the United States, 1976. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1977: 229-239.


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