Counting Inconsistencies is the product of a close analysis of American Jewish population and demographic studies from the past 20 years. For the purposes of this study, we approached all collateral associated with a population study, responses, and survey instruments as data that we would subject to analysis.
The findings of this mixed-methods study are derived from two unprecedented data sources: the first national survey of Jews of Color and the largest dataset of interviews with self-identified Jews of Color to date.
American Jewish population studies have neglected to systematically and consistently ask about the racial and ethnic identities of American Jews. The result has been that we know little about the composition and size of the population of Jews of Color.
This report uses survey and interview data of a complex fabric of JoC identities, lived experiences, and perspectives. In the context of the national conversation about race in the United States, this study enhances American Jews’ understanding of their own racial and ethnic diversity and provides an opportunity to reflect on how systems of inequality are perpetuated in our own community.