Principal Investigators: Dr. Fred Massarik, NJPS Scientific Director, University of California of Los Angeles, Dr. Bernard Lazerwitz, Public Opinion Survey Unit, University of Missouri (responsible for the NJPS sample design and initial computations) and Dr. Morris Axelrod, Department of Sociology, Arizona State University (responsible for field supervision and data processing).
NJPS 1971 was the first comprehensive national study of the Jewish population in the United States. The purpose of this study was to gain information into the size and general composition of the US Jewish population, focusing on the demographic characteristics, social conditions, the nature of Jewish identification, and participation in Jewish services and activities. The study was undertaken with the understanding that insight into this population’s character and needs can enhance community planning activities.
Data collection occurred from 1970 to 1972. Mid-field work was in 1971.
The data were gathered from 5,790 individuals in households with one or more Jewish individuals via a personal interview. It is estimated that there were 5,800,00 persons (of whom 5,370,000 were Jews) living in Jewish households. Another 50,000 Jews lived in institutions. Regionally, 64% lived in the East, 17% in the Central, 8% in the South, and 11% in the West. Average household size for all persons in Jewish households was 2.98. Average number of Jewish persons in Jewish households was 2.84.
The sampling universe included Jewish households located throughout the United States. A “yes” reply to at least one of four questions for at least one household adult qualified the household as Jewish. The four screening questions were:
Weighting procedures were used so that the list interviews and the area probability interviews were combined at the same overall sampling fraction.
Publications: A series of eight reports plus methodology documentation were prepared by CJF. The eight reports are entitled:
We have available from this study:
Mandell L. Berman Institute North American Jewish Data Bank
Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut
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