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JPR Senior Research Fellow, Dr David Graham, presented the results of our new study on intermarriage at a major event in London chaired by leading family lawyer, Sarah Anticoni.
Intermarriage has long been one of the major issues in Jewish communal affairs, not only in the United Kingdom but across the Jewish world. Indeed, when the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey in the United States found an intermarriage rate there of 52%, it prompted a huge reassessment of American Jewish community priorities, which had a significant knock-on effect in Britain and elsewhere. The huge investment in Jewish education that we have seen across the United Kingdom since that time began very much as a response to that concern.
JPR’s new report, Jews in couples: Marriage, intermarriage, cohabitation and divorce in Britain, is by far and away the most detailed and sophisticated analysis JPR has ever put together on intermarriage, and arguably one of the most comprehensive reports on the topic ever published about any Jewish community in the world. By locating the topic in the wider context of relationships more generally, it investigates the extent to which intermarriage should be a major preoccupation of the community, and whether other aspects of relationships need greater attention. Using data from two UK national censuses and JPR's recent National Jewish Community Survey, it challenges several existing assumptions, and offers some important new insights into the nature of contemporary Jewish life.
To download the report, click here