May 11 marked two big events for watchers of Jewish demographics in North America: in Canada it was Census Day, whereby Jews could identify themselves as Jewish in the long-form census; and in the United States, the Pew Research Center released a sprawling survey into American Jewry. What lessons can be gleaned from new demographic insights? To help analyze the data, Bonjour Chai hosts Avi Finegold, Melissa Lantsman and Ilana Zackon are joined by Robert Brym, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Plus, the hosts discuss Canada’s role in the current conflict between Israel and Gaza—and things inevitably get a little heated.
- “Why Jewish groups want you to fill out the 2021 census” (listen at thecjn.ca)
- “Jewish Americans in 2020” (read the full report at pewforum.org)
Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Melissa Lantsman and Ilana Zackon. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andrew Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network.