Greater El Paso Jewish Demographic Study

Karla Martinez, University of Texas at El Paso


Although the history of the Jewish community in Greater El Paso has been documented, there is a lack of understanding of the basic demographic structure of the Jewish population in this region. This study aims to develop a demographic portrait of the local Jewish community through an online survey (n=448). The results show that the Jewish community in Greater El Paso (El Paso TX, and Las Cruces, NM) is experiencing population aging, and many community members have resided in the region for over twenty years. More than half of respondents self-identify as Reform. The Jewish community in Greater El Paso is also highly engaged in volunteer work with both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. While the community is inclusive, respondents believe that more diverse programming and kosher options are needed in the region. As the first Jewish Demographic study in Greater El Paso, this research contributes to scholarship on Jewish community studies in the Southwest.

Subject Area


Recommended Citation

Martinez, Karla, "Greater El Paso Jewish Demographic Study" (2021). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28541427.