Jewish life

National community survey: It is time to find out who we really are

By Laura Janner-Klausner and Ben Crome, February 7, 2014

Why be Jewish?

We need to answer this in a way we did not have to in the past. And our answers need to reflect the diversity of our community that the JPR survey reveals.


National community survey: Orthodox and secular both need our help

By Vivian Wineman, February 7, 2014

While the initial results of the Jewish Policy Research were informative, some of the most instructive points were among the less obvious.

Two in particular were striking. First there is a move, particularly among the young, away from traditional religious categories, with many people brought up as traditionally religious now regarding themselves as secular or culturally Jewish.


Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

When former JFS student Jonny Benjamin launched a national search to track down the man who saved his life, he never expected it would succeed.

Mr Benjamin set up the "Find Mike" campaign last month, searching for the unknown man who had stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge six years ago.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.