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Cjfwf Undertakes First National Study of Jewish Population in United States

The Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds has undertaken the first national study of the Jewish population of the United States — on a county-by-county basis — and expects it to provide “basic planning information never before available to the American Jewish community.”

The first phase of the study has been completed, according to Louis J. Fox, Council president. It consisted of the pooling of all known information on the Jewish population in every county in the United States. The next steps will be the selection of 10,000 sample households for personal interviews, drafting of a questionnaire and the actual interviewing. The study will provide basic information on attitudes, patterns of Jewish identification, intermarriage, the use of Jewish and other organizations and services, and contributions. It will also furnish basic demographic data — age, sex, vocation, education and similar facts. This data, Mr. Fox said, “will be an invaluable tool in designing and delivering services best suited to the current and future needs of American Jews.”