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Here's a terrific map from researcher Joshua Comenetz, who has broken down the Jewish population in the United States according to congressional district:

Map of U.S. congressional districts by Jewish population
(click for larger)
The actual number of Jews in America is a remarkably difficult question to answer, but Comenetz's numbers are almost identical to a recent Pew study which puts the total Jewish population at 6.7 million, or about 2.2 percent.

Jews are spread very unevenly throughout the country, though. Half of all American Jews live in just 37 congressional districts (out of 435), and 93 CDs contain three-fourths of all Jews. Just 13 districts are home to 100,000 or more Jews: nine in New York and two apiece in California and Florida.

The most Jewish district, you probably won't be surprised to learn, is Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler's NY-10, which, thanks to its inclusion of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Brooklyn's Borough Park, two heavily Jewish neighborhoods, is 27.5 percent Jewish. The least, at 0.0004 percent (and perhaps with no Jews at all, given the margin of error inherent in such measurements), is rural OK-02, represented by freshman GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin.

And if you're anything like the Daily Kos Elections crew, the first question upon seeing this data would be, "Which is the district with the least Jewish population that's represented by a congressperson who identifies as Jewish?" Answer: VA-07, the only district in the nation held by a Jewish Republican (Eric Cantor), at 0.27 percent Jewish. That's followed by TN-09 (Steve Cohen) and KY-03 (John Yarmuth), each of which are also less than 1 percent Jewish. (Cohen's district actually had much of its Jewish citizenry moved to a neighboring district during redistricting.)

How about the most-Jewish district represented by a non-Jew? Unsurprisingly, the top five in that category are all located in New York City, topped by NY-09 at 23.41 percent (thanks in large part to the inclusion of Crown Heights), represented by Yvette Clark, who identifies as Methodist. It also includes NY-08 (Hakeem Jeffries), NY-12 (Carolyn Maloney), NY-11 (Michael Grimm), and NY-06 (Grace Meng).

Comenetz has much more data available if you'd like to drill down further, including Excel spreadsheets and GIS files. And that full Pew report also has tons more demographic information on U.S. Jewry as well.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 05:59 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Is there a correlation between this population (4+ / 0-)

    data and the representative's views on Mideast policy?

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:04:42 PM PST

    •  Why don't you read the link to the Pew report? (6+ / 0-)

      Instead of applying your own prejudices about Jews, why don't you follow the link to the Pew report and get a clue?  Here, I've done it for you:

      ... [M]any American Jews express reservations about Israel’s approach to the peace process. Just 38% say the Israeli government is making a sincere effort to establish peace with the Palestinians. (Fewer still – 12% – think Palestinian leaders are sincerely seeking peace with Israel.) And just 17% of American Jews think the continued building of settlements in the West Bank is helpful to Israel’s security; 44% say that settlement construction hurts Israel’s own security interests.
      According to the Pew Report, 43% of American Jews have actually been to Israel, so it seems likely that the sentiment expressed above may be based on personal familiarity with what is actually going on over there.

      So, yes, there may be a correlation, but quite possibly not the one you think.  And if it is the one you think, I believe it might be reasonable to conclude that it has little to do with the Jews in the district (see "Eric Cantor" in the diary post, for example) but rather on wingnut evangelical Christians who elect their own favorite Jewish shills so they can deliberately start their murderous "Armageddon" to send everyone to Hell -- except themselves.

      •  You are certainly justified in pointing out, (0+ / 0-)

        implicitly at least, that instead of asking a question I should have endeavored on my own to find the answer. That was lazy of me. Thank you for the information you provided.

        However, the  Pew report you referenced addresses the views of Jews about Israel. That is not the correlation about which I was inquiring. I don't consider a question about whether a large Jewish constituency will influence a representative's positions on Israel as an indication of prejudice.  If it is then Pew is prejudiced for inquiring as to Jewish opinions on Israel -- they should have just sampled the American public.

        The views of all Americans  change over time including the opinions of Jewish and non-Jewish Americans on Israeli policies.  I don't know if there is any daylight between those two groups or not. It could be that Jewish-Americans are Israel's harshest critics.

        If a representative is in touch with his constituents  then his constituents opinions or assumed opinions could impact his or her vote.

        Thanks again.

        "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops." General Buck Turgidson

        by muledriver on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 10:08:45 PM PST

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        •  You Said (1+ / 0-)
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          You said, "It could be that Jewish-Americans are Israel's harshest critics."

          Along that line, my late father (yes, we're Jewish) used to say "the biggest anti-Semites are Jews."

          In a bizarre way, Eric Cantor is an excellent example.  His actions in Congress can be said to give Jews a bad name.

          Sometimes, you need a sensa uma!

          by HashHoward on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:37:21 AM PST

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          •  "Anti-Semites?" (0+ / 0-)

            May your late father rest in peace.

            Regarding his unfortunate view equating criticism of the Israeli government with anti-semitism: if only this sad canard could be buried forever. I would gladly sit shiva for that!

            Israeli government policy toward Palestinians is a moral horror and embarrassment to millions of proud Jews worldwide.

            The actions of AIPAC shill Eric Cantor? Not in my name!

            •  As a Gentile who respects Jewish values, (0+ / 0-)

              I believe that the current Israeli policy toward the "strangers sojourning among them" is diametrically opposed to the injunction of the Torah to treat those strangers with kindness, justice and mercy, "because you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

              In Biblical history, every time the people of Israel (who represent all peoples in history, as well as themselves) were oppressed "underdogs," they repented and gained faith in Spirit, and were rewarded, eventually, with help and salvation, as in the Exodus, the return from exile in Babylon, the Maccabean revolt, and the modern Zionist movement or Aliyah.  But when they became prosperous and powerful, as in the divided monarchies, the Hasmonean/Roman period with its corrupt Temple administration, and, in my opinion at least, the "hawks" in the current Israeli state, they suffered defeat because G-d or Spirit or karma (whichever term you use) allowed their enemies or other forces to defeat them: the Pharaoh, the rebellion of Jeroboam, Assyria to the rebel Israelite kingdom, Babylonia to the Judahite kingdom, Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV, Pompey, Titus, and possibly in the future the Muslim extremists.  The last could be avoided, if it is not too late, by showing justice and mercy to the Palestinian people.

              I understand that there is a small group of Jews who had remained in Palestine since the fall of the Temple and were already there when Zionism succeeded, and that this group does NOT recognize the Israeli state as the true fruit of Zionism, because the Messiah has not returned and did not establish it, as they believe to be the only Aliyah sanctioned by G-d.  As a bystander, I neither advocate nor oppose their views, but I can understand why they feel that way.  As the songwriter Tom Lehrer (who is Jewish) sang in 1965 as one stanza of "Proliferation:"

              "Egypt wants to get one too,
              Just to use on you-know-who,
              So Israel's getting tense,
              Wants one in self defense.
              The Lord's our Shepherd, says the song,
              But JUST IN CASE, better get a BOMB."

              Shalom, Salaam, Pax Domini, to everyone on Earth!

    •  There's really nothing to correlate (1+ / 0-)
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      dolphin777

      Members of Congress are pretty much in uniform agreement on issues of Mideast policy, with very few exceptions. Where controversy exists - Benghazi, Iran sanctions, military presence in Afghanistan or Iraq - the dispute is not about policy but about Republican opposition to Obama.

      On Israeli/Palestinian issues, Congressional "support for Israel" (whatever that means), is matched by nation-wide public opinion that has remained quite consistant over the years:

      For decades, the public has sympathized with Israel over the Palestinians and that remains the case today. A March survey found about half the public sympathizes more with Israel, compared with just 12% who say they sympathize more with the Palestinians; Almost a quarter (23%) do not offer an opinion while 12% say they sympathize with neither side. Attitudes on this question haven’t changed much in the past six years.
  •  I wonder why (3+ / 0-)

    the map is keyed to number of Jews, rather than percentage? Wouldn't that be easy to calculate - and much more meaningful?

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:18:40 PM PST

  •  Jewish identity and politics is sometimes (20+ / 0-)

    not as cut and dry as people think.

    There are a lot of secular or atheist Jews (like myself) who consider ourselves "culturally Jewish" and identify with some of the rituals but don't really believe the religious aspects.

    There are religious Jews of every stripe from Reform (more liberal) to Conservative to Ultra-Orthodox.

    Whether Middle East policy is extremely important varies as well. Just because someone is Jewish doesn't mean they automatically side with Israel (or the extreme right of Israel).

    The one thing I think you CAN say is that most Jews are pretty scared of the religious right wing. Some embrace it but most can see through the whole "we love Israel because we want WWIII to start so all the Jews can be killed or converted."

    When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

    by PhillyJeff on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:18:55 PM PST

  •  I grew up in the northern tip of NJ (0+ / 0-)

    Just near NYC.. No wonder I identify with many ppl who are Jewish.  :-)

    An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind.

    by rini6 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:25:57 PM PST

  •  South Florida's Ros-Lehtinen does a nimble job (1+ / 0-)
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    of mixing ardent support for Israel with equally ardent support for the anti-Castro voters.  She really knows which side of her toast gets buttered.

    L'enfer, c'est les autres....Jean-Paul Sartre

    by Keith930 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:26:29 PM PST

  •  No real surprise in this map. (2+ / 0-)

    It would be like seeing a map that showed Utah and Idaho have the most Mormon Congressional Districts, or a map just like this one showing the most Catholic Congressional districts.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:30:37 PM PST

  •  I wonder what that pocket in SE Arizona is all (2+ / 0-)
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    about?  

    L'enfer, c'est les autres....Jean-Paul Sartre

    by Keith930 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:32:03 PM PST

  •  We live right next door to one of... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...the most Jewish cities in the country, Livingston, NJ.  

    It makes it easier to do my Saturday grocery shopping.

  •  Somehow the fact that this map exists disturbs me. (10+ / 0-)

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

    by ZenTrainer on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:37:57 PM PST

    •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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      Now, if it were one of a wide range of 'assorted ethnicities & other subgroup identifiers in the US', that'd be different.

      •  I see a technical problem with such maps (1+ / 0-)
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        Because of scale, geographically small districts with diverse group identifiers would be impossible to decipher.

        That sort of data set complexity is better illustrated with subgroup distribution charts or at least animated maps that scroll through individual groups.

        •  Doesn't have to be specifically a map. (1+ / 0-)
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          I'd just be much more comfortable with a 'look, here's where all the xxxxxx's live!' FP post if there were some hint of why we're interested in these particular xxx's, and perhaps some comparison of an assortment of other non-culturally-dominant groups.

          •  Does the why really matter? (3+ / 0-)
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            Tamar, auapplemac, susans

            Can't you just enjoy looking at maps and learning more about the U.S.?

            (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

            by ProudNewEnglander on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:13:32 PM PST

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            •  Not when it feels like that map is a target on my (6+ / 0-)

              back.

              Historically, "This is where the Jews live!" hasn't generally been a safe thing to hear. Sometimes the 'why' really does matter.

              Putting some context together (even as a sidebar) that explains why this group is worth discussing, or that looks at other groups as well, wouldn't seem so deliberately isolating. I'm not here as often as I once was -- is this part of a series looking at various subgroup demographics?  Maybe there should be an intro. Or some historical discussion. Or something other than 'here's the jews, and here are the people they elect to congress.'  And really, this wouldn't be anything near my first question.

              the first question upon seeing this data would be, "Which is the district with the least Jewish population that's represented by a congressperson who identifies as Jewish?"
               Why? What assumptions go into asking that question? And is it really useful to be asking "will people who aren't jewish vote for jews? And will jews vote for people who aren't jewish?" Could be, under some circumstances. But I don't know what the circumstances that formed this post are.
              •  That is strange (4+ / 0-)

                I am Jewish, the two CDs that I associate with (and are in my signature) both have relatively few Jews, and yet I don't feel threatened by this map at all.

                One thing that you should know about David Nir (the author of this diary) is that he is a demographics nerd. I am as well. There is a pleasure in simply learning new things about the people of this country, and not talking about any related policy matters. That's the essence of Daily Kos Elections (the subsite of DK that David Nir is the head of).

                (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

                by ProudNewEnglander on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 06:58:02 AM PST

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                •  But without knowing all that background, (1+ / 0-)
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                  without all the context that regular readers bring to it, I had a different reaction than you. And even though a moment's thought reassured me that no, this particular author/data collectors didn't have anything nasty in mind, without any 'why we bother' intro material or other analysis, it leaves the door wide open for nastiness. Or at the very least, commodification.

                  If it hadn't been on the FP, I probably wouldn't have bothered.

              •  Yes Goyim vote for Jews and Jews vote for Goyim (0+ / 0-)

                    I live in California, apparently in the most Jewish district in the state. Our U.S. Senators are both Jewish even though the Jewish population of the state as a whole must be well under 10%.  Other states that are even less Jewish have Jewish Senators. Minnesota has had four in a row in one seat (Boschwitz, Wellstone, Coleman and Franken). Vermont has Bernie Sanders, and there are others too.

                      I think that Jews are disproportionately represented in politics for a few reasons. There is a sense of community service and public engagement in the Jewish community that is quite commendable. There are lots of Jewish intellectuals and especially people in fields like law and education that tend to produce lots of candidates. Also Jews are predominately Democratic and have a higher voting turnout than many other groups. This sometimes advantages them in multicandidate primaries.

                       It is also true that Jews vote for non-Jews. My new CA Assemblymember is Armenian. While the Armenian community is growing, there are still probably more Jews in AD-46 than Armenians. My Armenian mom was pleased to vote for Adrin Nazarian for Assembly but she had been happily voting for Jewish Democrats for decades before that...

                Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 55, CA-30

                by Zack from the SFV on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 04:31:19 PM PST

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      •  Pew does that. (2+ / 0-)
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        dopper0189, Adam B

        Here for religion. They don't need to do ethnicities, since that's well covered by the census and its affiliated projects.

        Hope you fall on your burger and fries.

        by cardinal on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:01:57 PM PST

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    •  Pew does lots of demographic research (0+ / 0-)

      And some of it's conclusions are indeed disturbing.

    •  I Understand What You're Saying (0+ / 0-)

      But how can a population say, "You can do this study about everyone else but not us."

      The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

      by The Lone Apple on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 05:16:57 AM PST

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  •  Why are we supposed to care? (5+ / 0-)

    I find myself thinking, "so what?"  

    Perhaps you plan a series:   "The Most Hindu Congressional District in America," or "The Most Catholic Congressional District in America."   Then we would learn something about the religious distribution of our population.

    Otherwise, I'm not sure how this information is of value.  Except to give rise to yet one more I-P shitstorm.  It looks like it has already started with mention of Netanyahu and Likudniks.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:49:14 PM PST

    •  Because I want a good knish! (8+ / 0-)

      Dammit!

      "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

      by shrike on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:53:50 PM PST

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    •  Some of us, either through hobby or (14+ / 0-)

      professionally (the latter in my case), are interested in the intersection of demographics and voting behavior. Do I really need to explain why this might be interesting to us? (and have not a damn bit of relevance to I/P controversies, unless someone awkwardly injects the controversy into this elections diary?)

      Hope you fall on your burger and fries.

      by cardinal on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:54:46 PM PST

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      •  Well, now... (3+ / 0-)
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        TiaRachel, mickT, WestCider

        This diary makes no connection between voting behavior and religion.  There is no mention of the "intersection of demographics and voting behavior."   Are we supposed to dream that up ourselves?  What is the usefulness of such data unless it is part of a larger map of religions in American congressional districts?

        The "awkward interjection" you speak of has already occurred  and has already been recc'd multiple times.  

        It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

        by Radiowalla on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:11:37 PM PST

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      •  Maybe not you, but yeah, I'd like to see (1+ / 0-)
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        Radiowalla

        a FP article like this explain why this particular data is worth gathering/highlighting, maybe comparing it with other, similar data (like "this is one of a series examining minority demographics", perhaps). There's probably a whole lot of analysis to do with this sort of thing, past the simplistic 'lookit the potential votes!' -- I'd kind of like to see what kinds of long-term effects jewish socialism has had on social policies & governance, for example.

        Go through the comments again -- the 'awkward injections' showed up pretty early. Just because no one's getting into the argument (some things are pointless) doesn't mean the ideas aren't present.

    •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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      Didn't take long for the 'jews=israel' meme to show up, did it. And why not, since the article doesn't supply any other analytic frame of reference?

      •  It's not analytic. It's meant to be interesting (1+ / 0-)
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        For a people who often find comfort in community, it's definitely interesting to see where we're at. I spent 3 years in law school in southwestern Virginia, so I find it especially interesting to see the numbers there.

        Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

        by FischFry on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 09:06:51 AM PST

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    •  So a diary about a specific demographic group (2+ / 0-)
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      dopper0189, ProudNewEnglander

      shouldn't be written because OTHER assholes might start an utterly unrelated fight?

      What an utter load of BS.

      Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Palate Press: The online wine magazine.

      by dhonig on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:47:52 PM PST

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    •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      ProudNewEnglander

      I think it's interesting.

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      by anastasia p on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:18:06 PM PST

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    •  Those would be interesting. (0+ / 0-)

      Of course, not everyone who identifies as Jewish considers that a religious identity.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:48:01 PM PST

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    •  Interesting because Jews reliably vote Democratic (0+ / 0-)

      Although not mentioned in the diary, it is presumably common knowledge that, along with Blacks, Jews are the ethnic/religious group with the highest proportion of Democratic voters. From a Democrat's point of view, the location of reliable voters is useful information.

      The Democratic Party is too often described as the party of Blacks, Hispanics and young people. Sometimes it feels as if this may make some middle-aged and older white voters believe that they do not belong among us Ds. (Certainly, the racial component of party identification is a significant factor in the South and could be elsewhere.) There is value in giving attention to all the components of the Democratic coalition. Our tent is big and voters should know that.

      As noted in another comment, every CD with 20+% Jewish population has a Democratic Representative and of the 14 CDs with 10+% Jewish population, 12 have Democratic Representatives. (Gotta do something about the neighbors in the other 2 districts!)

      The population percentages don't tell the full story, because Jews tend to actually vote at a higher rate than some other groups in the Democratic fold. When we focus on turnout, the fact that Jews actually go to the polls in high numbers is relevant.

      Finally, I think it is interesting to note the distribution of Jewish voters between inner-city and suburban CDs. In inner-city districts, the Democratic vote is already high, and in fact several 20+% districts elect non-white representatives. In suburban districts, Jews may be more essential to achieving Democratic majorities.

      •  And this is why I want more from the diary: (0+ / 0-)
        it is presumably common knowledge that, along with Blacks, Jews are the ethnic/religious group with the highest proportion of Democratic voters...The Democratic Party is too often described as the party of Blacks, Hispanics and young people. ... There is value in giving attention to all the components of the Democratic coalition. Our tent is big and voters should know that.
        Based on non-wonkish experience, I suspect that many, many americans (even democrats, even dailykos posters) don't share that common knowledge. So promote it.
  •  Any electoral maps on atheists? (4+ / 0-)

    They're a larger and more diversely distributed group, and yet, more maligned and under-represented as far as I know.

    In fact, a basic question is: are there are any self-identified atheists representing any districts?

    Serious questions.

    According to Pew, nearly 20% of Americans have no particular religious identification while 48% of Americans consider that a "bad" influence.

    No country for skeptics.

    •  Difficulty with data (1+ / 0-)
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      susans

      I feel that that would be difficult to get data for on a CD-by-CD level.

      •  I don't think population data is the problem. (1+ / 0-)
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        Munchkn

        The same census data this map is based on or research done by organizations like Pew can provide the data.

        The problem is intolerance.

        There might be quite a few members of congress who, in fact, are non-believers or non-practicing but saying so is good way to lose elections.

    •  Pete Stark was the only one until he lost in 2012 (4+ / 0-)
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      Stark lost due to redistricting, not due to his beliefs as he's been out as an Atheist for awhile. Barney Frank came out as Atheist after leaving Congress, wish he did it while serving.

      Currently, there's Kyrsten Sinema, who, according to Wikipedia has no religious affiliation but does not identify as an Atheist. Probably the best we're going to get for awhile.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:04:17 PM PST

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      •  God/whomever bless Barney Frank (2+ / 0-)
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        For coming out as a heathen, and for his sharp tongue.

        Given Pew's data, our situation is getting worse in the short term but better in the long term, i.e., polarization on the issue is rising but so too are the numbers of people in the heretic column.

        Hope we can trend toward reason and tolerance, they seem to go hand in hand.

        •  Heathen not the same as atheist n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          •  Do you doubt Barney is a heathen? (0+ / 0-)

            hea·then

            noun

            plural heathens or heathen

            Definition of HEATHEN

            1:  an unconverted member of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of the Bible

            2:  an uncivilized or irreligious person

            •  The word is problematic (0+ / 0-)

              Both definitions are really not right as a way to describe atheists.

              The first: atheists are atheists of all gods, which means Thor, Athena, Adonai, Jesus; the god of the Bible is no more special than any other.

              The second: Uncivilized? I don't think so. The origin of the word heathen refers to people who are barbaric, primitive, uncultured. None of those describe Barney, me or any of the atheists I personally know. However, some of those posting online (not DK)...

      •  No religious affiliation (2+ / 0-)
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        There's a big difference between not being a member of a church/synagogue and not believing in God.

        •  Oh, I agree completely. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm just saying that in an era where not just a belief in god is important to voters, but a belief in the "correct" god is important (I know it's all the same god. The average voter doesn't), having someone who doesn't identify with a specific religion is a step forward.

          I'd still like someone to run as an Atheist and get elected. Pete Stark came out in the middle of his career and had the advantage of incumbency and being in CA to continue getting re-elected.

          "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

          by yg17 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:48:07 PM PST

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      •  Wikipedia identifies Frank as a "Jewish Atheist", (1+ / 0-)
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        which is what I am as well. A significant minority of those who identify as Jews do not believe in God, including many who consider themselves religiously Jewish.

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        by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:46:25 PM PST

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        •  I've always struggled with that myself (1+ / 0-)
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          I was born and raised in a Jewish family, got Bar Mitvahed, confirmed, the whole nine yards but I am Atheist.

          I'm not believing. I'm not really practicing either - I exchange Chanukah gifts, but don't do the candles or anything, I don't fast on Yom Kippur or refrain from bread on Passover, and I find pork delicious. I only set foot in a synagogue when I absolutely have to - weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, etc. I guess I'm Jewish Atheist, I dunno. From an ethnic standpoint, I'm Jewish and can't change that, but I've never wanted to apply the Jewish label to myself since I don't follow the customs or beliefs and frankly, find them as silly as any other religion.

          If someone asks me what religion I am, I'm never really sure if I should say "Jewish", "Jewish, but...." or "Atheist". I guess my answer depends on who I'm talking to and if I think they find us Atheists evil spawn of Satan.

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          by yg17 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:56:31 PM PST

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          •  Nonobservant is the term I've heard used. (1+ / 0-)
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            I have a lot of Jewish friends, almost none of whom are actually religious.

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            by gabjoh on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 10:39:30 AM PST

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          •  Jewthiest? (1+ / 0-)
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            People have such a need to categorize each other.  Years ago I was a vegetarian working for a company run by an elderly gentleman.  They all knew I was vegetarian and that I ate non-kosher foods because we had lots of lunches etc.  

            During the holidays all of the employees were traditionally given a ham.  They would never dream of offending the one Jewish employee so I got a turkey.

    •  there are maps around of the religious affiliation (0+ / 0-)

      of congressional representatives. I live just a few blocks from one district represented by someone who is listed as not affiliated: Oregon's 1st district representative Suzanne Bonamici.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 09:39:55 AM PST

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  •  Islamic population in US (3+ / 0-)
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    is about 2%.  

  •  Interesting Data (5+ / 0-)

    So, if you look at the districts with Jewish populations > 10%, you get these (none of the areas that surprising):

    Jerry Nadler -- NY-10 -- 27.45% -- West Side of Manhattan, Brooklyn
    Ted Deutch -- FL-21 -- 24.27% -- SE Florida
    Yvette Clarke -- NY-09 -- 23.41% -- Brooklyn
    Hakeem Jeffries -- NY-08 -- 21.60% -- Brooklyn and Queens
    Nita Lowey -- NY-17 -- 21.60% -- Rockland County, Westchester County
    Steve Israel -- NY-03 -- 21.46% -- North Shore (Long Island)
    Carolyn Maloney -- NY-12 -- 20.06% -- East Side of Manhattan, Queens

    Brad Sherman -- CA-30 -- 19.63% -- Los Angeles
    Henry Waxman -- CA-33 -- 18.49% -- Los Angeles
    Michael Grimm -- NY-11 -- 17.97% -- Staten Island, Brooklyn [R]
    Grace Meng -- NY-06 -- 17.14% -- Queens
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- FL-23 -- 15.22% -- Miami
    Carolyn McCarthy -- NY-04 -- 14.42% -- Nassau County (Long Island)
    Anna Eshoo -- CA-18 -- 12.31% -- San Francisco Bay Area
    Eliot Engel -- NY-16 -- 11.70% -- Bronx, Westchester County
    Lois Frankel -- FL-22 -- 11.34% -- SE Florida
    Jan Schakowsky -- IL-09 -- 11.08% -- Chicago/its suburbs
    Joseph P. Kennedy -- MA-04 -- 11.07% -- Boston suburbs
    Brad Schneider -- IL-10 -- 10.73% -- northern suburbs of Chicago
    Chris Van Hollen -- MD-08 -- 10.39% -- Montgomery County
    Chris Smith -- NJ-04 -- 10.10% -- Central Jersey (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean) [R]

    256 districts have Jewish populations < 1.00%.

    321 have Jewish populations <2.2%.

  •  Somebody, somewhere, just decided where it's best (2+ / 0-)
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    to locate their life-long dream retro-roadside attraction Dreidel museum.  

    2014, better known as Stardate 67466.9

    by jwinIL14 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:01:51 PM PST

  •  I'm surprised (1+ / 0-)
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    That the district with Toledo doesn't have a higher number.  This is for someone who learned how to swim at a JCC in Sylvania ohio.

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    by MI Sooner on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:13:31 PM PST

  •  I was surprised by people who wondered (4+ / 0-)

    why this is interesting. There are lots of things on DK and on the front page that are devoted to particular ethnic or racial or religious groups. I almost always find them interesting. The diversity in America is one of the best things about our country and I love ethnic trivia.
    My husband and I were recently at Costco and started talking to the cashier who had an unusual name and an accent. My husband (who speaks phrases from at least a dozen languages) asked where she was from -- Liberia, it turns out. So he asked her if she knew the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. And our cashier got a big smile because she's related to President Sirleaf. Told us how she has photos of Sirleaf's grandchildren in her house.
    And as a Jewish person, I think this kind of story is somehow similar to the thing called "Jewish geography," which has nothing to do with geography really and is much more about whether you can find a way to connect yourself to the person you just met. "Oh, you live in Brooklyn, do you know Sarah Goldschmerger?" "No, but I knew a Jake Goldschmerger in college." "You knew Jake? I'm related to him through my sister's husband's sister!"

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:23:23 PM PST

    •  It's not so much wondering why it's interesting, (1+ / 0-)
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      but being suspicious of the author/readership's interest in the info. Before I hit the anti-israel comments, my initial reaction was a cynical feeling that we're being seen as a marketing demographic -- votes to collect but not otherwise pay much attention to.

      •  If I were in your shoes (5+ / 0-)

        I'd be extending a little more benefit of the doubt to my fellow Kossacks. I posted this because I'm a data and map nerd, and because it's rare to get demographic information on religion broken down by congressional district. (Even ARDA doesn't have that information.) To people like me, and to many other commenters (as you can see), demographic information, especially when presented in new or unusual ways, is interesting in and of itself.

        I didn't provide any "analytic framework," per your comment above, because I don't think my fellow Kossacks need to be told how to think. People can draw their own conclusions based on this data, if any. You keep asking for more information or analysis. If it interests you, why not write some posts yourself? That hefty Pew report is a good place to start if you want to dig deeper.

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        by David Nir on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 02:51:33 PM PST

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  •  Is there a comprehensive list of the districts (0+ / 0-)

    by Jewish population somewhere? I clicked on all your links and couldn't find it. I see that Cleveland ranks fairly high in Jewish population and am curious to see where my district falls since I suspect most of that population is in my district (11) and not in the other districts in the county (9, 14, and 16).

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    by anastasia p on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:15:19 PM PST

  •  Creepy (5+ / 0-)

    Where do the Jews live?

    This article is creepy. I identify as Jewish, and this content evokes memories and emotional responses tied to ethnic and cultural traumas. This is the second time I've seen this article tweeted in Daily Kos's stream.

    I have never been tempted to post a comment on this site until now. Take this as feedback from a long-time reader and an active liberal.

  •  I was part of (4+ / 0-)
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    Ok-2's .0004%. Fun times. My father's boss told him he'd be a better doctor if he went to church.

    •  That's pretty fascinating! (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm curious to know more about what it was like to grow up (or live, if you were older) there.

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      by David Nir on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 02:54:29 PM PST

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      •  It was real america, keeping it realest (0+ / 0-)

        Ok2 is southeast ok near Arkansas and Texas. They call it little Dixie cuz its the dixiest part of the state. Their big industry was the prison and death row. My mom had patients there so we wound up in the spectator seats at the towns' big social event, the prison rodeo where inmates, including death row ones, rode bulls and risked life and limb for a bag of cash tied between the horns, which I'm sure would be stolen from them anyway. It had a very Rome-ish atmosphere.

        Sunday was for church. When I was in town, we usually high tailed it to one of the north Dallas suburbs, usually Richardson or Plano. Soulless and plastic but content to limit itself to one prejudice: dirty poor people. (Side note; one of the reasons I dig NYC is bc ppl here are open with their prejudices. In the south and southern Midwest they're more passive aggressive in their bigotry.)

        Sometimes we visited Tulsa, which is basically a big small town.

        •  Wow (0+ / 0-)
          the prison rodeo where inmates, including death row ones, rode bulls and risked life and limb for a bag of cash tied between the horns, which I'm sure would be stolen from them anyway.
          Unreal. Rome indeed.

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          by David Nir on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:56:26 AM PST

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    •  Oy (2+ / 0-)
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      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 06:25:24 PM PST

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  •  This map illustrates why (1+ / 0-)
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    I, growing up on military bases in the South, Southwest, and Great Plains, never met a Jewish person (as far as I know) until I went to college. Of course, I'm about as nonreligious as possible, so maybe I did and it just didn't register, but that's my recollection.

  •  I interviewed for a campaign job in OK (2+ / 0-)
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    for a statewide position that would have required me to relocate to OK-02. So had I gotten it there might have been at least one Jewish person in that district.

  •  Wonder how long til S Brooklyn gets its a district (0+ / 0-)

    Yvette at 24% Jewish, a large number of whom are Orthodox Jews.  This is already getting near the number where they can elect one of their own in a special election.

    Right now the two black majority seats (Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries) are used to diffuse the power of right leaning Orthodox Jews.  (With other areas like Dyker Heights thrown into Grimm's district and Boro Park into Nadler's district).  With their large families and booming population growth Democrats may have to concede the community their own district within the next two redistricting cycles if they want to continue having two African-American seats in Brooklyn.  Though if Grimm can hang on they may just offload what they can to the Staten Island district.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 01:48:30 PM PST

  •  cantor wouldn't get elected (0+ / 0-)

    if he had to run in a congressional district containing a large jewish population. how ironic...

    •  You might be wondering why no (0+ / 0-)

      response to your comment...note that you are entering ino a conversation in a diary that is a few days old. Most discussions around here don't last that long.

      Don't feel like we're ignoring you, however.

      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 04:44:49 PM PST

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