British Jewry and its Attitudes to Intermarriage
Publication Date: December 2003
Publisher(s): Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Author(s): Marlena Schmool
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Intermarriage; Communal organization; Demography
Coverage: Great Britain
The author briefly sketches the history of the British Jewish community and outlines its communal organizational structure and population demographics. For data on intermarriage and attitudes towards intermarriage, which show a fall off in synagogue marriage and a corresponding increase in the rise of intermarriage, the author brings the results of the 1995 Institute for Jewish Policy Research survey of the Social and Political Attitudes of British Jews and the 1994 Survey of Women in the Jewish Community. Nevertheless, the ten years following these studies have seen changes whose effects on intermarriage remain to be studied, including an increase in Jewish educational infrastructure, significant political developments in Israeli politics, and increased anti-Israel activity on British campuses.