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April 16, 2012 12:32 pm

Latino Views of Jews in America Depend Heavily on Contact in Communties

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A survey by the American Jewish Committee on Latino-Jewish relations shows that positive Latino views about Jews tend to correlate with how much contact Latinos have with Jews, as well as their levels of levels of education, income and acculturation.

“On the whole, we find Latinos hold many positive views about the Jewish community,” Latino Decisions wrote in their report.

The group, which is a nationally recognized firm with expertise in hispanic community trends was commissioned by the AJC to perform the study.

“At the same time, Latino opinions are hampered by limited contact and general unfamiliarity with Jews,” they continued.

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18% of Latinos in the survey were shown to be highly familiar with Jews while 31 percent were not familiar with them at all.

“This comprehensive, insightful survey will inform and advance our ongoing efforts to engage Latino communities, form coalitions, and deepen understanding of American Jews and Israel,” said Dina Siegel Vann, director of AJC’s Latino and Latin American Institute.

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