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Jewish birth rise

by: Ben Morris - Last updated: 2007-02-09

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More British Jews than ever are getting married and having children, a new report has found.

In 2005 there were 1,000 marriages compared to 859 in 2001 while 3,205 Jewish children were born in 2005 compared to just 2,623 in 2001.

The report, which was compiled by The Board of Deputies community research unit, says it is too early to say if there is a trend emerging that suggests the Jewish population decline in recent years will now be stemmed or reversed by the increase in births.

"The decline has ceased and we are stabilising as a community," said report co-author David Graham.

The report was compiled across all sections of the Jewish community from Orthodox to Liberal and also revealed that just over 25% of marriages are strictly Orthodox.

As well as reporting on births and marriages, the data compiled also revealed there were 3,221 deaths in 2005 and 249 Jewish divorces.