Now Jews are talking about Hispanics

So the other day the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a major “report”: on how Hispanics are affecting Christian practice in this country.

Now the American Jewish Committee is also focusing on Hispanics — suggesting that the Jewish community had better spend more time getting to know the fast-growing Hispanic community.

“Existing research supports the conclusion that Hispanics hold more negative views of Jews than non-Hispanics do, but the extent of that difference and its pattern are unclear,” writes Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center and author of a new AJC report, Hispanic Attitudes Toward Jews.

Smith offers several possible reasons, including “anti-Semitic elements in Latin American Catholicism; fascist political movements in Latin America; little positive exposure to the Jewish community in both Latin America and the U.S.; and socio-demographic and attitudinal differences separating the Hispanic and Jewish communities in the U.S.”

The AJC report is “here.”:

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.