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British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Photo: Reuters
British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Photo: Reuters

Size of UK Jewish community stable

Despite perception that community is in decline, census shows 263,000 Jews resided in England and Wales in 2011 compared to 260,000 in 2011 due to growth in Orthodox sector
Published: 12.26.12, 06:40 / Israel Jewish Scene

VIDEO - A census detailing the population of England and Wales has found that the size of the Jewish community remains stable with the mainstream Jewish population declining but offset by a growth in the Orthodox sector.


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Numbers show 263,000 Jewish people resided in England and Wales in 2011 compared to 260,000 in 2001. This will come as a surprise to some, as the community had been perceived as in decline.


Other minorities, however, have seen a much more obvious increase in their numbers, with the Muslim population growing by 75%, Buddhists by 71% and Hindus by 48%.


More than 97% of UK Jews live in England and Wales, but Scotland’s figures – which in 2001 showed a Jewish population of 6,400 – are due in the summer.



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