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The Impact of Communal Intervention Programs on Jewish Identity: An Analysis of Jewish Students in Britain
During the 1990s, Jewish communal leaders in Britain reached a consensus that Jewish education, in the broadest sense, was the principal means of strengthening Jewish identity and securing Jewish continuity. This belief motivated considerable investment in communal intervention programs such as Jewish schools, Israel experience trips, and youth movements. Twenty years on, it is pertinent to ask whether, and to what extent, this intervention has worked. The Institute for Jewish Policy Research’s (JPR) 2011 National Jewish Student Survey contains data on over 900 Jewish students in Britain and presents an opportunity to empirically assess the impact such intervention programs may have had on respondents’ Jewish identity by comparing those who have experienced them with those who have not.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2016
The Board of Deputies of British Jews has published an in-depth report on the demography of Britain’s strictly Orthodox Haredi Jewish community which shows that nationally the strictly Orthodox population has been growing at a rate of about 4 per cent per year for the last two decades. Overall around 10% of Britain’s Jewish population is haredi, but among those who are under 18 years old, one third would be strictly Orthodox. A growth rate of even higher than 4 per cent may be expected in the future.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2008