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Is the future haredi?

Is the future haredi?

JPR’s third report based on the 2011 UK National Census data, which was published in July, follows the most recent release of data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which covers age and sex by religion.

Written by Senior Research Fellow, Dr David Graham, it is entitled A tale of two Jewish populations, and in particular, outlines the very different demographic profiles of the strictly Orthodox - or haredi - Jewish population, and everyone else.

Commenting on the report, Dr Jonathan Boyd, Executive Director of JPR, said: "There are two distinct Jewish populations in Britain: haredim, with a median age of 27, who are bucking the commonly-accepted narrative of Jewish demographic decline, and the far larger remainder, with a median age of 44, who are, in all likelihood, conforming to it."

He added: “These new data show that there has been a significant increase in the number of young Jewish people in Britain over the past ten years: there are 9,000 more Jewish people aged under 20 in 2011 than there were in 2001. Given that the community has been demographically declining since the 1950s, this is an extraordinary turnaround.  However, it is important to recognise that the main engine of this growth is in areas where the Jewish population is predominantly haredi; indeed, at least 84% of the growth in the under 20s comes from this part of the Jewish population."

Stressing the importance of the new data, Dr Graham argued that “there is not a single Jewish organisation in this country that cannot benefit from utilising the 2011 Census data – the figures tell us more about the Jewish population in Britain than any other source. Indeed, if we care about the future of British Jewish life, we should be squeezing every last detail out of this dataset.”

To read the new report in full, please click here

Is the future haredi? - 23 Jul 2013