Welcome to the Berman Jewish DataBank

The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America offers open access to hundreds of quantitative studies of North American Jewry. We proudly partner with the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn. Our stakeholders include Jewish Federations and communal organizations, researchers, educators and students, foundations and philanthropists, social change agents, the media, and interested individuals.

Special Announcement

DataBank Posts New Reports on United StatesCanadian and World Jewish Populations from the American Jewish Year Book



Featured Study

United States Jewish Population, 2016 (Sheskin, Dashefsky - American Jewish Year Book)

Ira M. Sheskin, Arnold Dashefsky | American Jewish Year Book, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford, University of Connecticut - Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Miami - Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies , 2016

The Berman Jewish DataBank report on United States Jewish Population, 2016 written by Dr. Ira M. Sheskin and Dr. Arnold Dashefsky, derives from Chapter 15 of the American Jewish Year Book, 2016 (of which the authors of the U.S. Jewish Population article are co-editors). 

Jewish Population Estimate: AYJB 2016

Based on a summation of local Jewish community estimates (which are detailed in the Appendix), the estimated size of the American Jewish community in 2015 is 6.856 million Jews, an increase of about 26,000 from the 2015 estimate. Allowing for some double counting, the American Jewish Year Book estimate is 6.7 - 6.8 million; this estimate is based on the aggregation of local estimates of more than 900 American Jewish communities and parts thereof. The bulk of the estimate is based on studies conducted over the past decade.

In Part III of the report (pp. 6-7), the authors compare the 2016 AJYB estimate to recent estimates from the Pew Research Center in 2013 and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis in 2015 - all of which are "..in general...

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