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One of the key ways to understand any Jewish population is by investigating its most fundamental social statistics – numbers of births and deaths, immigration and emigration, community affiliation and Jewish school enrolment. In the UK, there has been a long tradition of gathering these types of data, led for many years by the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Today, this work is undertaken solely by JPR.
Our community statistics work in the UK also involves extensive analysis of UK census data, gathered by the Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. The censuses held in 2001 and 2011 included a question about religion, thereby generating vast datasets about Jews which we have used both to understand the socio-demographic characteristics of Jews in the UK, and to support Jewish charities and foundations in their planning work. The 2021 Census also included a religion question, so when the data from that are released, we will be able to use them to further understand changing trends over the course of the past two decades, and better project how the Jewish population is likely to change over time.
Our community statistics programme involves continual updating of data on Jewish births and deaths, and a five-yearly study of synagogue membership, the latest of which is currently in progress.
To find out more about our work in this area, contact our Senior Research Fellow, Carli Lessof, at firstname.lastname@example.org