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A New Effort Is Underway To Gather Information On South Jersey’s Jewish Population

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By Cherri Gregg

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) - The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is taking a survey of the Jewish population in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties for the first time in more than 20 years. They need folks to sign up before tomorrow’s deadline.

A new Pew Research Report says Jews make up about two percent of the U.S. population. In New Jersey, it’s nearly five-percent. The My Jewish Pop survey focuses in on the needs of Jews in the tri-county area.

“We’re right now going on assumptions or on data that is more than 20 years old,” Ruit Boyd is Planning Director at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey. She says the questions focus on demographics.

“Such as where you live, what county do you live in, how many people reside in your household. Some are more specific and ask are you a member of a synagogue.”

She says the results will determine where to build the next day school or senior center. For more info or to complete the survey before the october 11th deadline, go to http://www.myjewishpop.com.