Monday, November 27, 2006

There is strength in numbers

There is a pretty depressing article in the Sunday Telegraph, asking whether the current generation of Anglo Jewry is also the last?

It's hard to believe that there were once 400,000 Jews in the UK, now there are barely 300,000 (The Muslim population is six times the size). It goes a long way towards explaining why the Anglo Jewish community lacks the self-confidence of its US counterparts. Despite the higher intermarriage rates, the US community numbers nearly 6 million, (that's 2% of the general population), which means they have a much stronger presence, especially in cities like New York, Chicago, Miami and LA.

Unlike the US, not only are many Jews assimilating, but many are leaving. The last part of the article is telling...
"Over the past three years, emigration to Israel has nearly doubled. By the end of this month, 635 Jews will have flown out to the Holy Land this year and today hundreds more will be at the Israel Expo to look at the real estate on offer in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

In September, an all-party parliamentary inquiry said that anti-semitic violence has become endemic in Britain, both on the streets and university campuses, yet Jews are not leaving Britain out of fear, but because they feel that in Israel they can join a community confident in its identity".