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Secular or religious? The outlook of London's Jews

Author(s): David Graham
Date: 22 July 2003

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This study focuses on a new theoretical concept: outlook. It is based on a single question in JPR’s 2002 survey of the Jewish community of London and the South East, in which nearly 3,000 respondents were asked to choose between four options: Religious, Somewhat Religious, Somewhat Secular and Secular. It presupposes that there are differences along a continuum between people who consider themselves to be religious Jews and those who see themselves as secular Jews who are all, nonetheless, united in their claim to be members of a Jewish collective. The working hypothesis here is that outlook will affect an individual’s propensity to believe in particular ideas, belong to particular institutions and behave in particular ways.

demography identity synagogue affiliation assimilation synagoguemembership secularisation london religiouspractice