What characterises Jews in Britain?

Date 29 Jan 2014

What characterises Jews in Britain?

The National Jewish Community Survey demonstrates that younger Jews are more religious than older Jews, the traditional middle-ground is shrinking, and people are moving away from religiosity.

On several indicators, it shows that those aged under 40 are more likely to observe Jewish religious rituals than those aged 40-64, who, in turn, are more likely to do so than those aged 65 and above.

It goes on to demonstrate that whereas 40% of respondents describe their Jewish upbringing as ‘traditional’ – the common placeholder for centrist, or middle-of-the-road mainstream Orthodox Judaism in the UK – just 26% describe their current position in that way.

And it provides data on denominational switching over the course of people’s lives, allowing us to measure the extent and direction of this type of movement over time.

The report also includes evidence indicating that the prevalence of intermarriage is slowing down, a phenomenon that has also been found in recent data on Jewish Americans.

Additional new data in the areas of Jewish education, charitable giving and health, care and welfare are also included in the report.

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