Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jack Nusan Porter
American Jewry is among the most complex groups in the United States. Although there are only about 4 million to 7 million Jews out of 300 million U.S. residents, that is, between 1% and 2% of the population, they make up a vastly disproportionate number of people in politics, the arts, academia, national media (movies, TV, radio), law, and medicine. Thus, they are in a position to influence though not control a great deal of public debate. The actual figures of U.S. Jewry are difficult to ascertain because one can only rely on surveys; the census does not collect data on religion or offer “Jewish” as an ethnic identity. Based on available estimates, the United States has the largest Jewish population in the world, with 46% of the world's Jewish population living in the United States. Jewish Americans play a prominent role in the worldwide Jewish community, as well as ...