Robert E. Reis
“Through today’s issue, The Times has published more than 1,800 sketches. The official count of those dead and missing in the trade center attacks stands at 2,937. Reporters have contacted, or tried to contact, relatives or friends of nearly every victim the paper was able to locate. Some have declined to give interviews; others said they were not ready to talk. (As more names become known and more families agree to interviews, the editors intend to publish additional profile pages from time to time.)”
The New York Times did not continue to add additional profiles to this series.
The New York Times series is searchable.
In order to determine how many Jewish victims appeared on the list of 1,800, I used the following search terms: Jew, Jewish, Temple, Synagogue, Israel and Mitzvah.
I then examined the resulting list of names and removed individuals who had been identified as Jewish in error.
I then search the list for the following terms: Catholic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim.
250 named victims resulted from using my search terms, i.e. 250 victims out of 1800 can be identified by religious affiliation.
18% of the named victims were Jewish.
82% of the named victims were not Jewish.
If we multiply 1800 by .18, we find that 324 of the listed in the New York Times were probably Jewish.
This partially confirms the information provided by the United States Department of State.
“A total of 2,071 occupants of the World Trade Center died on September 11, among the 2,749 victims of the WTC attacks. According to an article in the October 11, 2001, Wall Street Journal, roughly 1,700 people had listed the religion of a person missing in the WTC attacks; approximately 10% were Jewish. A later article, in the September 5, 2002, Jewish Week, states, “based on the list of names, biographical information compiled by The New York Times, and information from records at the Medical Examiner’s Office, there were at least 400 victims either confirmed or strongly believed to be Jewish.” This would be approximately 15% of the total victims of the WTC attacks. A partial list of 390 Cantor Fitzgerald employees who died (out of 658 in the company) lists 49 Jewish memorial services, which is between 12% and 13%.”
My research indicates that it is unlikely that American Jews in general were warned beforehand.