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Brit Jews living longer

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-07-16

Seniors living longer

Seniors living longer

New research from the Board of Deputies' Community Research Unit has found the average life expectancy for British Jews has risen from 77.9 in 1994-1998 to 79.5 between 1999-2002 for men and from 81.9 to 83.3 for women.

The research also revealed increases in both religious divorces and weddings but births are on the decline.

In 2002, there were 2665 Jewish births which is down by over 20% from the previous decade.

In 2003, there were 932 recorded Jewish weddings, an increase by 11 over the previous year.

During 2002, a total of 263 religious divorces (Gets) were issued, a rise from 258 in the previous year.

There were also less burials and cremations under Jewish auspices in 2003. According to the Board, it recorded 3592 in 2003, down from 3670. Also revealed was of the 3592, 70 such burials took place in Israel.  Research also showed that London accounted for 69% of all deaths.