Waltham, Mass. — The last national Jewish population study, done in 2000-2001, was pretty much a disaster.
Sponsored by the North American federation movement — then known as
United Jewish Communities and now Jewish Federations of North America
(JFNA) — the extensive $6 million survey was plagued by cost over-runs,
lost data and disagreements among various experts in the field over its
methodology and the validity of its conclusions, including the number of
Jews in America.
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