The JN 2015 Survey

The Pew Research Center 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans didn’t do it.

Neither did the National Jewish Population Surveys of 1971, 1990, or 2000.

But the future of Judaism–to say nothing of its past and present–is built up of Jews of Color, too.

A 2005 study done by Be’chol Lashon estimated that 1 in every 5 American Jews is also a person of color–a figure which, despite the visibility of more and more Jews of Color in nearly every imaginable sphere, has yet to be further looked into in over a decade.

Much like the ideology behind this magazine’s creation, it’s time to stand up and be counted. It’s time to let the rest of Judaism know that we also have demographics worthy of being tallied, ideologies deserving of consideration, and identities that demand representation.

How do Jews of Color skew religiously?

What is our rate of intermarriage?

How important is it to us that we marry Jewish?

How important is it to us that we marry other Jews of Color?

What attachment do we feel towards Israel?

How important do we find the Holocaust?

It’s time to find out.

This is the Jewnited Nations Magazine 2015 Survey of U.S. Jews of Color: The Rest of the Portrait.

What Is This Survey?

The Jewnited Nations Magazine 2015 Survey of U.S. Jews of Color: The Rest of the Portrait is the first survey of its kind to record and collect demographic data on Jewish households of color in America, including where they are living and their family configurations. In addition, the survey examines diverse Jewish identity, diverse ethnic identity, organizational affiliation, ritual practice, and ideologies. It is a total of 150 questions, broken down into nine sections:

  • General Demographics (22 questions)
  • How Are You Jewish? (11 questions)
  • Jewish Identity & Culture (27 questions)
  • Ethnic Identity & Culture (14 questions)
  • Religious Beliefs & Practices (20 questions)
  • Attitudes on Israel (18 questions)
  • Attitudes on America (10 questions)
  • Relationship with the Jewish Community (17 questions)
  • Relationship with the Ethnic Community (12 questions)

Who Is The Target Audience Of This Survey?

The desired participants for this survey are those Jews from all backgrounds and denominational affiliations who are over the age of 18 and consider themselves to be Jews of Color, a group which includes those who would ethnically be identified as People of Color had they no Jewish heritage. Jews who are phenotypically White  but do not come from an Ashkenazi background (such as white Latinos/Hispanics, Greeks, Moroccans, and others) are also encouraged to partake in the survey if they consider themselves to be People/Jews of Color.

How Will This Survey Be Used?

The survey seeks to be an invaluable tool providing information about the Jewish community of Color for use in advocacy, identifying and addressing changing or emerging needs, helping community leaders strengthen diverse Jewish connections, and informing the American Jewish community’s decisions regarding inclusion and opportunities for engagement with Jews of Color.

How Many People Will Be Surveyed?

For the Pew Research Center 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans, the Pew Research Center used 3,475 responses with a +/-3% margin of error and confidence level of 95% to represent the population of 5.3 million adult Jewish Americans. As the population of adult Jewish Americans of color is estimated to be 1/5 that number, to create data of similar accuracy to the Pew Study, with a +/-3% margin of error and confidence level of 95%, we require a minimum of 1,067 responses. Reports on the survey’s findings–including a comprehensive report, a geographic profile of the American Jewish community of Color, and other special reports–will not become available before this minimum sample number is reached.

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