PARAMUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has set up a survey that could help determine more exact figures for population growth in the area, according to a published report.
The federation hopes in particular to determine numbers for increases in the traditionally observant Orthodox community, according to a Bergen Record report.
Those who take the survey are asked to help the community “figure out how to meet the challenges of the next decade.”
The survey is anonymous and confidential, and takes about 18 minutes to complete. Those who take the survey may enter a drawing to win one of three iPad minis, the main survey page said.
The survey asks questions on age, location, income, family makeup, and level of involvement in Jewish life, the newspaper reported.
The survey could reveal trends showing a rising Jewish population, particularly in Orthodox strongholds near Teaneck, Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, and Englewood, the newspaper reported.
Hard numbers about the Jewish community do not get counted in the U.S. Census, which is forbidden by federal law by asking about religion, the newspaper reported.
The survey continues through the end of the month.
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