Are New Jersey Jews Jewish?

No, the Times reports that according to a new population study of the metropolitan area, the Jews of New Jersey do not count as Jews.

Jews in the metropolitan area counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Union are not accounted for in the study.

In addition, the methodology of the study is random phone call model, right out of the 1950s. In this age of statistics and data, there are more accurate ways to determine actual population figures.

The Times' article, "Aided by Orthodox, City’s Jewish Population Is Growing Again," describes the study methodology, "To conduct the study, a team led by Steven M. Cohen, a leading sociologist of the Jewish community, and Dr. Ukeles randomly called tens of thousands of homes in New York City and in three suburban counties — Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester — last year. The surveyors asked if anyone in the household was Jewish; the researchers ultimately interviewed 5,993 adults for an average of 21 minutes each. The poll’s margin of sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points."

And minus all of the Jews of New Jersey.

1 comment:

Sammy said...

What about the most Jewish county in the country, Rockland?