Russian Jews in America: Status, Identity and Integration

By Sam Kliger

American Jewish Committee (AJC), June 2004

It seems that the discussion about the numbers of Russian Jewish immigrants in America (and in New York) never ends. Yet, it is obvious that the exact number could not ever be obtained, nor the discussion on numbers is much relevant to real life of Russian-Jewish immigrants and adds to better understanding of the processes developing in the Russian-Jewish community. Recent New York Jewish Population Study suggests there are about 223,000 individuals living in 92,000 Russian-speaking Jewish households in Greater New York (which includes 5 city boroughs, Westchester County, and two Long Island counties). However, there are reasons to believe that the number of Russian Jews in New York is much higher. My estimation that is based on NYANA refugee statistics and RINA surveys, commissioned by the American Jewish Committee, suggests that there are about 350,000 Russian Jews in New York metropolitan area.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Intermarriage, Russian Jews, Immigration, Jewish Identification, Acculturation, Demography, Religion, Population Estimate

Name of Publication: International Conference "Russian-speaking Jewry in Global Perspective: Assimilation, Integration and Community-building"

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Kliger, Sam. Russian Jews in America: Status, Identity and Integration. International Conference "Russian-speaking Jewry in Global Perspective: Assimilation, Integration and Community-building". American Jewish Committee (AJC). June 2004: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8002


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