Jewish population of New York reaches 1.4 million

The city is home to the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel


A person walks as police patrol a neighborhood in Brooklyn with a large Orthodox Jewish community on October 12, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Almost 1.4 million people in the Greater New York Area identified as Jewish in 2023, according to a study by UJA-Federation of New York.

The Jewish Community Study of New York 2023 covers the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island), as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

UJA said the eight-county New York area continues to be home to the greatest concentration of Jews in the United States, adding that the area has experienced “broad stability” in the number of Jewish adults and children for the past three decades.

Some 20 per cent of New York Jews identified with the Reform movement, 19 per cent said that they were Orthodox, 15 per cent considered themselves Conservative Jews, and 47 per cent did not identify with any Jewish religious denomination.

The most recent US census data shows that 7 per cent of New York State’s 20 million residents are Jewish and Jews make up roughly 2 per cent of the US population as a whole.

According to the UJA study, 37 per cent of married couples involving Jews in the New York area are in a relationship non Jewish.

In 2023, an estimated 13,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors lived in the eight-county area, 92 per cent of them lived in New York City. The largest number of survivors live in Brooklyn, accounting for 65 per cent of the total.

“The 2023 Jewish Community Study of New York offers a comprehensive snapshot of our community,” said UJA CEO Eric S. Goldstein. “Particularly in this challenging moment, these insights will help guide funding decisions so we can reach people where they are and ensure the strength of our Jewish community and the institutions serving them.”

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