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Jews of the 'new South Africa'

Author(s): Barry Kosmin, Jacqueline Goldberg, Milton Shain and Shirley Bruk
Date: 03 February 1999

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A nationally representative sample of 1,000 adult respondents was interviewed for the survey. The general profile shows a population group that is well educated, with 35 per cent having achieved a minimum of a university degree. Half the economically active population are in professional and managerial occupations. On the basis of its occupational and educational patterns the South African Jewish population is shown to be an important and valuable human capital asset for the development of a new democratic society and a healthy economy.

The responses to the issues addressed in the report point to a cohesive community existing within what is perceived to be a turbulent social and political climate.

Nevertheless, in the final analysis, South African Jewry remains religiously and communally vibrant, highly skilled and well qualified to assist in the development of a democratic South Africa.

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