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Jewish life in the UK

Jewish life in the UK

JPR's programme examining Jewish life in the UK involves examinations of multiple datasets, but is particularly focused on JPR's National Jewish Community Survey (NJCS), the first study of its kind since 1995.

The survey explores a wide range of issues including Jewish identity, affiliation, education and schooling, health, welfare and social care, charitable giving and volunteering, and demography. It also breaks new ground in several areas that previously have not been explored in this way - notably, Jewish genetic disorders and children with learning difficulties. The data is designed to be used alongside UK Census data to provide organisations working to support British Jewish life with the statistics they need to support their policy planning processes.

Fieldwork for NJCS was carried out between early June and mid-July 2013 in association with our research partners at Ipsos MORI. 3,736 households completed the questionnaire, and over 10,000 individuals are included in the dataset. Responses were distributed evenly across the community in terms of age, geography and denominational affiliation.

The team behind NJCS has years of experience running surveys both within the Jewish community and beyond it. It is being overseen by JPR's Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, and includes Dr David Graham and Dr Daniel Staetsky, both experts in British Jewish demography, social statistics and survey methodology.

Funding for the research came from JPR and a wide range of Jewish community organisations and foundations. These include: Pears Foundation, Jewish Care, UJIA, Norwood, Nightingale Hammerson, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Movement for Reform Judaism, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and Liberal Judaism. In addition, numerous organisations have given active support to JPR in the development of the project, including the Department for Communities and Local Government, the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, the Community Security Trust, the Interlink Foundation, the JCC for London (JW3), Jewish Genetic Disorders UK, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Judith Trust, the Ministry of Justice, Prism, the Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust and the United Synagogue.

The preliminary findings report was launched at a major event on 29 January 2014, and the findings have been regularly presented by the JPR team to community leaders and practitioners in various frameworks. A major follow-up report, focusing on charitable giving, was published in March 2016.

JPR has also established a major long-term partnership with the Board of Deputies of British Jews to undertake its work on community statistics - notably, births, marriages and deaths, synagogue membership and Jewish school enrolment. Two major reports have been published recently on the back of this partnership: Synagogue membership in the United Kingdom in 2016 and The rise and rise of Jewish schools in the United Kingdom

In addition, JPR is regularly commissioned by a wide range of charities and foundations to mine the data to support their planning, including Jewish Care, UJIA, World Jewish Relief and the Jewish Chronicle. If you are interested in finding out about how the data we hold on British Jews can be used to help answer the questions your organisation has, please contact our Director of Operations, Richard Goldstein, at

29 Jan 2015 - Jewish life in the UK

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