Jewish life

WATCH: Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014
A former JFS student has been reunited with the stranger who saved his life, weeks after launching a national appeal to find him .

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Welcome to the two-track community

By David Graham, January 30, 2014

In an age of big data, our community is right up there. We now have the information to help us make the important decisions about the future.

The 2011 Census has given us literally millions of Jewish demographic, geographic, and socio-economic facts, within which is a multitude of different stories. But one in particular stands out.

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Survey: Ageing but sprightly

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

Despite the boom in Orthodox births, the Jewish population is ageing.

Over half of all those aged 65 per cent report some limitation or discomfort because of health — although that remains a minority for those under 80.

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Survey: A strong giving impulse

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

The charitable instinct remains strong among British Jews with 93 per cent having made a donation over the previous year.

But 45 per cent gave priority to non-Jewish charities, compared with 37 who gave more to Jewish charities.

A quarter of contributors gave only to non-Jewish charities, while eight per cent restricted their donations to Jewish causes.

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Survey: Demand for schools has peaked

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

Jewish schools may have dramatically increased in number and intake, with almost 30,000 pupils now compared to 12,500 in the 70s.

But their popularity may have begun to peak, at least among the broader middle-of-the-road or non-Orthodox public, the survey suggests.

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Survey: Rate of marrying out is slowing

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

One in four of all Jews in a relationship has a non-Jewish partner but the rate of intermarriage has slowed.

Overall, 23 per cent of married couples are mixed faith and 61 per cent of cohabiting Jews have a non-Jewish partner.

While fewer than one in five of Jews who married in the 1970s had a non-Jewish spouse (18 per cent), a quarter of Jews marrying since 2000 did so.

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Survey: Under-40s emerge as frummest group

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

One of the most striking findings of the entire survey is that younger Jews below 40 are more religiously observant than their parents and grandparents’ generation.

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Survey: God and Israel lose out in our list of priorities

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

The identity of UK Jews rests more on ethical values and ethnic solidarity than belief in God or studying Torah

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Survey: Mainstream is on the retreat

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

The survey reveals striking evidence of the religiously squeezed middle.

While the traditional camp that typified the middle-of-the-road United Synagogue member has shrunk, there has been a significant rise in the numbers of Jews who identify as cultural or secular.

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Largest ever survey reveals decline of Jewish mainstream

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

Younger Jews are more religious than their parents’ generation, intermarriage has slowed down and the mainstream Orthodoxy that once typified British Jewry is in retreat.

These are some of the major findings of the most comprehensive survey ever carried out on the Jewish population of the UK which were released yesterday.

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