A Look Into Jewish Young Adults in the US – New Demographic Research from Brandeis and Moishe House

Moishe House 2017 Shabbat and Creative Arts Retreat; courtesy.

Moishe House, along with the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, have released a research brief, “Jewish Population Estimates: Jewish Young Adults Ages 22 to 32.’

Key findings include:

  • Jewish young adults ages 22 to 32 comprise just over 16% – or about 964,000 – of all Jewish adults in the United States.
  • The top US metropolitan areas of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are home to about 293,000 Jewish adults ages 22 to 32, or about 30% of all Jewish adults ages 22 to 32 in the United States.
  • As a proportion of US adults ages 22 to 32, Jewish young adults in this target age group constitute about 2% of the population, with some areas, like Manhattan, having a rate several times higher than the national proportion.

This is the most complete data set in the United States, where two-thirds of Moishe House’s programming occurs. Moishe House plans to continue assessing similar data in other locations, as well to use this information to identify areas for expansion. In the meantime, Moishe House invites you to review the research brief and use its findings to inform your own work with Jewish young adults.

The brief is available here.