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5.5 percent

December 21, 2011

It's time to wish a Happy Hanukkah to New Jersey's Jews, who are estimated to be 5.5 percent of the population. Jews celebrated the first night of the Festival of Lights at sundown yesterday, and the holiday will last until December 28.

The estimated 480,000 New Jersey Jews is just that -- an estimate -- because the U.S. Census is prohibited from asking questions about religious affiliation of any kind. Nevertheless, Jewish organizations believe that New Jersey has the fourth-largest Jewish community in the United States, after New York, California, and Florida, in that order.

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