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Yearbook Finds Decline in Rate of U.S. Jews Increase

November 1, 1940
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The rate of growth of the Jewish population of the United States declined between 1928 and 1937, according to a comprehensive survey featured in the newly-issued 42nd annual volume of the American Jewish Yearbook, published by the Jewish Publication Society under the editorship of Harry Schneiderman, assistant secretary of the American Jewish Committee.

The survey, covering 4,694 cities, villages and rural areas, was made by Dr. H.S. Linfield, special agent of the United States Census Bureau and financed by the American Jewish Committee.

The total number of Jews in the United States in 1937 was 4,771,000, or 3.69 per cent of the population. This represents an increase of 543,000 in ten years, including a net increase of 100,000 owing to immigration. During the previous decade, 1918-1927, there was an increase of 839,000, including net immigration of 320,000.

The effect on the European Jewish population of the political and territorial changes since 1933 is described in a documented study by Moses Moskowitz, staff member of the Library of Jewish Information. Of the 15,757,000 Jews in the world, 7,428,000 reside in Central Europe, where they constitute 5 1/2 per cent of the total population.

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