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263,000 Jews in England and Wales

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-12-11

Inside Synagogue

Inside Synagogue

The number of people in England and Wales who identify themselves as Jewish has risen in the latest census results published. 

In 2011, 263,000 people identified themselves as Jewish, up from 260,000 in 2001.

Despite the increase, the Jewish population remains stable at 0.5% compared to Christianity which dropped from near 72% in 2001 to 59.3% in 2011.

In 2011, prior to the census taking place on March 27, the Board of Deputies and other Jewish groups launched a campaign to get members of the Jewish community to make sure they filled in the census and say they are Jewish in order that provisions for Jewish people were correctly offered.

“Knowing how many Jews live in a particular area will make it easier, for example, to allocate financial provision for pupils in Jewish schools and provide care for our elderly, justify the provision of additional Jewish schools and ensure adequate resources are set aside for protecting communal buildings,” a spokesman from the Board said at the time.