Board and JPR unite to research community


The Board of Deputies and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) have joined forces to ensure that essential research continues to be conducted on behalf of the community.

The Board, which has historically collected basic data on the shape and size of the community – including births, marriages and deaths, synagogue membership and school enrollment – has agreed for the JPR to gather these statistics on its behalf. The JPR, the community’s premier research body, has expanded its research team to take on this additional work.

The data will continue to be used to inform the planning of a range of community issues from school places to support for the elderly.

Dr Jonathan Boyd, executive director of JPR, said of the research: “These data play an essential role in community planning. They help us to monitor how the Jewish population is changing over time, both in terms of its demographic characteristics and how Jews choose to affiliate and identify.”

Commenting on the agreement, Board of Deputies Vice President Sheila Gewolb, said: “Given the size of our community, it makes sense to bring together all the research expertise we have under a single roof, to avoid duplication and to enable each communal organisation to focus its skills and resources effectively.”

The first Board of Deputies/JPR report looking at recent births, marriages and deaths data, is expected to be published in 2016.

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