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IJCR IN THE NEWS: Demography

Hard times dampen Jewish High Holidays

By David O'Reilly
Philly.com
Septemeber 18, 2009

The time has arrived again when Jews around the world greet one another with l'Shana Tovah, the traditional wish for a good new year, or Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight.

But with job losses and the troubled economy taking their toll on synagogue membership, many congregational and denominational leaders worry that 5770, like 5769, will not be a banner year. Read on...


Muslim census a difficult count

Cathy Lynn Grossman
USA Today
August 6, 2008

A recent report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found 44 percent of American adults have switched away from the religious affiliation in which they were raised. Cause for concern? Maybe, maybe not.

One of the report's major findings is that Catholics and mainline Protestant denominations are the big losers, while evangelical and non-denominational Protestants are the big winners. ...more


Guest Commentary: Competition and the American Religious Marketplace

By Rodney Stark and Gary Tobin
Copyright 2008 Religion News Servce. Used by Permission.
March 2008

A recent report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found 44 percent of American adults have switched away from the religious affiliation in which they were raised. Cause for concern? Maybe, maybe not.

One of the report's major findings is that Catholics and mainline Protestant denominations are the big losers, while evangelical and non-denominational Protestants are the big winners. ...more


Amid grumbling, UJC may get out of population survey business

the j.
January 5, 2007

At this point, even the Warren Commission probably wouldn't buy the National Jewish Population Survey's numbers.

The United Jewish Communities-sponsored 2000-2001 NJPS, the largest and most expensive survey of American Jews yet, raised eyebrows when it found only 5.2 million Jews in the United States, a drop of 300,000 from the UJC's 1990 tally. ...more


Americans Seek Connection to God Without Religion

PR WEB
June 16, 2005

Sankara Saranam's book is about establishing a personal relationship with God, unhindered by dogma, creed, or ritual. The ultimate goal is to spread peace and understanding.

Is religion gaining ground in America, or are people simply looking harder for answers? Religion and spirituality books are selling strongly, while the number of Americans not identified with a religion is rising. It appears that more and more people are seeking God on their own rather than through established belief systems...more


Nation's Unchurched Doubled in Decade, Poll Finds

LA Times
K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
October 30, 2004

The proportion of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation doubled over the last decade and now stands at 16% of the population, according to a new study on religious identity...more


Will Voters' Religious Devotion Factor Heavily on Election Day?

San Diego Union-Tribune
Sandi Dolbee, Religion & Ethics Editor
October 12, 2004

In an election year dance that has seen Roman Catholics swaying toward the GOP and Muslims stepping to the Democratic ticket, pollsters are scrambling to keep up with the choreography...more


Report: Religion in U.S. on the decline

United Press International
San Francisco, CA
September 22, 2004

A new survey by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research concludes that religious identity in the United States has declined over the past decade...more


Archives:

Apr. 20, 2003 - Jewish Week
Surprise! U.S. Jewry May Be Growing
On the eve of a much-anticipated national Jewish population survey, a leading demographer has found that there are 18 percent more Jews in America than earlier reports have stated...more

Mar. 15, 2003 - Washington Post
Jewish Organizations Worried About Backlash for Iraq War
American Jewish organizations, deeply divided over the wisdom of invading Iraq, are increasingly worried about an anti-Semitic backlash blaming Jewish officials in the Bush administration for any U.S. casualties...more

Jan.21, 2003 -Washington Post
Values Survey Finds Odd Bedfellows
Atheists, Muslims and Mormons led the list of groups viewed by Americans as the least like themselves in terms of basic beliefs and values, according to a national survey by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research...more

Jan.19, 2003 -Washington Post
The Sick Economy
Watch out: Whenever Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan does his part to help jump-start a sluggish U.S. economy, it just might kill you...more

Jan.17, 2003 -Foward Staff
Brothers' Judaism Swings to an East African Beat
Having a tough time finding a good Jewish day school for your kids? Have you considered Semei Kakungulu School outside Mbale, Uganda?...more

Jan.17, 2003 -Jewish Week
New Fears Cloud Run By Lieberman
As Sen. Joseph Lieberman begins his run for the Democratic nomination for president, concern surfaced this week that with so many critical world events tied to U.S. policy in the Middle East, 2004 may not be as opportune a time for a breakthrough Jewish candidacy as 2000...more

Jan.17, 2003 -Philadelphia Inquirer
Survey gauges anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism is widespread among America's young adults, with a fourth believing Jews control the media and Wall Street, according to a survey released this week by a Jewish research group...more

Dec. 12, 2002 - San Francisco Chronicle
Alternative religions really do thrive in Marin Survey finds faiths, practices far more diverse than U.S. as a whole
The Good Book is old hat in Marin County, where the teachings of Gautama Buddha and a host of New Age spiritualists are beginning to eclipse the Bible as the most prevalent guidebook for a better life...more

Nov. 10, 2002 - Marin Independent Journal
New study tracks spirituality and religion in Marin
Marin residents are less likely to go to church than their counterparts nationwide, but are far from spiritually disenfranchised, according to a study by a San Francisco-based religious think tank...more

Oct. 9, 2002 - LA Times
A Clouded View of U.S. Jews: Religion - One study finds numbers falling; another finds growth. The results raise divisive questions.
For more than a decade, the American Jewish community has poured millions of dollars and thousands of hours into programs driven by a single fear--the prospect that the country's Jewish population is dwindling away...more

Oct. 9, 2002 - NY Times
Survey of U.S. Jews Sees a Dip; Others Demur
A major survey released yesterday estimated the Jewish population in the United States at 5.2 million, a decline of 300,000 from 10 years earlier...more

Oct. 4, 2002 - The Forward
American Jews Stand Up To Be Counted
Counting Jews, whether for demographic research or for communal policy planning, is a difficult task. Ours is a highly dispersed community..more

Sept. 24, 2002 - JTA
Jewish population undercounted? New study launches a new debate
There are 600,000 more American Jews than previously believed, because the U.S. Jewish population has been underestimated for years, according to a new study...more

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