Jewish life

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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Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”

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Lottery-backed stories in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Salford Jews are telling their life stories as part of a Lottery-funded heritage project incorporating a BBC documentary.

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Manchester gears up for its own Limmud

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

Leading figures in the Jewish and Christian communities will be heading to Manchester next month as the city holds its annual Limmud conference.

Jewish Leadership Council CEO Simon Johnson and the Board of Deputies’ Jonathan Arkush and Laura Marks are among a strong line-up of presenters, according to the programme which was released this week.

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