Los Angeles 1967- A Report on the Jewish Population of Los Angeles

Sponsor(s): Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Principal Investigator(s): Fred Massarik

Key Findings:

A Report on the Jewish Population of Los Angeles, by Fred Massarik for the Research Service Bureau of the Jewish Federation - Council of Greater Los Angles - United Jewish Welfare Fund, was issued in 1968 but reports data as of 1967.

The 1967 report compares the Los Angeles community to the results of the previous study in 1959 on many variables.  Text data on the 1967 results are matched by companion tables which begin with Table 1 on page 26 of the PDF.

Findings

The 1967 Jewish population estimate of 511,000 Jewish persons was a 31% increase over the 391,000 estimate in 1959. 

In 1967, one-of-seven Jewish households was a single person household, compared to one-of-seventeen in 1959.  Despite this, the average number of Jewish persons per household was three in 1967.

The percentage of Jewish persons age 70 and over increased from 3.3% to 8.4% in 1967.

"Just Jewish" identification of the heads of household increased from the 1959 study estimate of 22% to 36% in 1967 (see Table 18 on page 46 of PDF for easily readable details).  Conservative Jews accounted for 32% of the Jewish respondents, Reform 22% and Orthodox, 6%, a decline from 13% in 1959.

Congregation membership in 1967 was estimated at 27% (midway between the 1951 estimate of 24% and the 1959 estimate of 34%).

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While comparative data is available in the 1967 report to data on birthplace, geographic areas of residence, age, marital status, intermarriage, home ownership, mobility and plans to move, employment status, occupation and industry, education and income (to some extent), comparisons on Jewish ritual practice are not included in the 1967 report.

Sample Notes:

The report does not include any methodological discussion, nor the number of interviews on which the estimates are based.

Study Notes:

PDF from report in library collection was graciously sent to DataBank for inclusion by Sara Smith, NYU doctoral student.  The DataBank processed the PDF to make sure it is searchable for users interested in specific topics, and adjusted orientation of PDF pages to maximize utility.

Like many of the PDF's that the DataBank has archived in its effort to expand its Legacy holdings, the PDF is imperfect, but it is a readable, historically interesting document which expands the publicly available data on the Los Angeles Jewish community.  The DataBank apologizes for any inconvenience when users access the PDF, but views the PDF as significant historically and a welcome addition to its archive.

Language: English