The 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Anti-Semitism in the United States: Perceptions, Experiences, and Impact among U.S. Jews

Pew Research Center’s 2020 survey of American Jews is a comprehensive, in depth study of U.S. Jews. It explores Jewish Americans’ self-identities, religious and cultural practices, political attitudes and experiences with anti-Semitism among a nationally representative sample. This paper aims to further explore American Jews’ perceptions of anti-Semitism in the U.S., their experiences with it, and to what extent anti-Semitism has impacted their lives. Analyses will include a closer examination of whether U.S. Jews think anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S., whether they feel less safe and are hesitating to participate in Jewish events because of safety concerns, and whether they have personally experienced anti-Semitism or heard anti-Semitic tropes. All analyses will account for demographic characteristics and other key control variables such as Jewish branch affiliation, political party affiliation, feeling connected to the Jewish community, and dressing in a way that is distinctively Jewish.