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The Social Scientific Study of JewrySources, Approaches, Debates$
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Uzi Rebhun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.001.0001

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Measuring the Size and Characteristics of American Jewry: A New Paradigm to Understand an Ancient People

Measuring the Size and Characteristics of American Jewry: A New Paradigm to Understand an Ancient People

(p.160) Sources for the Demographic Study of the Jews in the Former Soviet Union
The Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Leonard Saxe

Elizabeth Tighe

Matthew Boxer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the methodology with regard to counting and assessing the characteristics of U.S. Jewry. It highlights the increasing cost of estimating the size and characteristics of the Jewish population and the problems associated with the use of random-digit-dialed telephone samples. It considers the role of socio-demographic studies in providing scholarly understanding of U.S. Jewish life and the development of communal policy. This chapter also proposes the use of meta-analytic techniques that that synthesize data about religious and ethnic identification across multiple samplings and studies of the U.S. population.

Keywords:   U.S. Jewry, Jewish population, telephone samples, socio-demographic studies, Jewish life, communal policy, religious identification, ethnic identification

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