How Many U.S. Jews Are There? Israeli Expert Offers Provocative Answer

Judy Maltz
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Defying the doomsayers who insist American Jews are a dying breed, a recent Pew survey found that their numbers are actually growing at an impressive rate. A soon-to-be-published critique, however, describes these findings as “extremely implausible.”

According to this critique, which was undertaken by Sergio DellaPergola, a leading authority on Jewish demography, most of the increase in the Jewish population reported in the Pew Research Center survey comes from Americans who identify as only “partly Jewish,” and would not typically be included in Jewish population estimates in other countries.

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