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UK Jewish FAQs

Last updated: 2003-09-03

In 2001, the UK had its first census ever to ask a question on religion, this combined with on going research by organisations such as the Board of Deputies has produced some useful statistics on UK Jews.

How many Jews are there in the UK?
According to the 2001 Census, 267,000 people classified themselves as being Jewish. In 1995, the Board of Deputies put the figure at 285,000.

In terms of the number of Jews being represented in a council, the 2001 Census found that Barnet has the highest proportion of Jewish people (14.8 per cent). Meanwhile, one person in nine of the population of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, is Jewish.

Where do Jews live?
Jews can be found all across the UK with the vast majority being in the greater London area. According to the Board of Deputies, this comprises 72% of British Jewry. Other main centres of Jewish life include: Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Gateshead and Glasgow.

Area
1985
1995
Greater London
197,400
182,700
Contiguous postcode areas
13,100
13,650
Rest of Home Counties
5,000
8,300
Greater Manchester
30,000
26,000
Adjacent areas
*
1,800
Leeds
12,000
10,000
Glasgow
7,500
5,600
Brighton and Hove
6,500
5,300
Birmingham
5,000
4,000
Liverpool
4,500
3,800
Southend
4,500
3,400
Bounemouth
3,000
3,000
Cardiff
2,000
1,500
Luton
1,100
1,300
Gateshead
*
1,100
Southport
2,000
1,100
Hull
1,500
1,100
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1,500
1,100
Nottingham
1,000
900
Edinburgh
1,000
900
Rest of Great Britain
9,400
8,350
308,000
285,000

How old are Jews?
Based on Census 2001, 22.3 per cent of the Jewish population are 65 and over and 12.5 per cent are 75 and over.

How many Jews are being born?
According to the Board of Deputies, there were 2647 Jewish births in 2000 (most recent figure).

How many Jewish weddings take place each year?
According to the Board of Deputies, the number of synagogue marriages recorded in 2002 was 921. In 1999 it was 1017.

How many Jews are divorcing?
The number of completed gets (religious divorce) in 2002 was 250.

How many Jews are dying?
In 2002, the number of burials and cremations under Jewish auspices was 3670.

So how how many Orthodox and Progressive are getting married or dying?
Marriages and Deaths by synagogal grouping, 2002

                Total          Orthodox        Progressive
                                 No  %            No   %
Marriages   921            761  83          168  17
Deaths   3667              2686  73        984  27