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Head of Jewish Statistical Bureau Calls for Fight to Maintain Jews’ Status As a Religion

A fight for the continued designation of Jews as a religious group rather than as a race was urged here this week-end at a luncheon meeting of the board of directors of the Jewish Statistical Bureau by Albert M. Greenfield, president of the bureau.

Mr. Greenfield revealed that “powerful quarters have tried to impose the racial status on Jews in the national census with attendant information on occupation and financial position.” He added that such data would be misused by “hostile” quarters to exaggerate the economic position of the Jews. He said that a proposal had been made to draw a line of demarcation in the religious census which is held in the seventh year of every decade between Jews who are affiliated with congregations and those who are not.