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Understanding the Contemporary Jewish Population of the UK: Key Dynamics in British Jewish Demography Seminar

20 January 2015
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Part of the Parkes Institute Seminar Series

Religion data from the 2011 UK Census provide researchers with an extraordinary amount of information about the various religious populations of the United Kingdom. Since December 2012, the research team at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London has been analysing the data about Jews, both to develop a detailed understanding of the UK’s Jewish population, and to provide a wide range of charities, foundations and other NGOs with the information they need to support Jewish life in the country.

In this session, JPR’s Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, will present some of the key findings that have emerged from this work, and in so doing, explore several of the key challenges facing the contemporary Jewish community in the UK.

The chair of this seminar will be Dr Shirli Gilbert

Speakers Biography

Jonathan Boyd is the Executive Director of JPR, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, a London-based independent research centre and think-tank that provides data and policy insight on contemporary Jewish issues for organisations working to support Jewish life in Europe.

A specialist in contemporary Jewry, he holds a doctorate in educational philosophy from the University of Nottingham, and a BA and MA in Modern Jewish History from University College London. He was formerly a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Institute in Israel, and has held professional positions in research and policy at the JDC International Centre for Community Development in London and Paris, the Jewish Agency for Israel in London and New York, and the UK-based United Jewish Israel Appeal and Holocaust Educational Trust.  His writings have been published in various newspapers, publications and journals, and he is the editor of The Sovereign and the Situated Self: Jewish Identity and Community in the 21st Century (Profile Books, 2003). His most recent publications include: Jews in the United Kingdom in 2013: Preliminary findings from the National Jewish Community Survey (JPR, 2014); Jewish life in Europe: Impending catastrophe or imminent renaissance? (JPR, 2013); The Exceptional Case? Perceptions and experiences of antisemitism among Jews in the United Kingdom (JPR, 2014) and The 2011 Census: Initial insights about the UK Jewish population (JPR, 2013).

He is a board member of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) and the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. His current work focuses on British Jewish demography and sociology, antisemitism in Europe, Jewish educational philosophy, and the dimensions of Jewish peoplehood. He was academic director of the 2012 European Union study of antisemitism in Europe, and has recently served as co-convenor of the Israeli Government’s working group on ‘Serving the Global Good’, and research director of the JPR/Rothschild Foundation series on Jewish life in East-Central Europe. He lives in north London with his wife and three children.

Jonathan Boyd

Speaker information

Dr Jonathan Boyd , JPR, Institute for Jewish Policy Research. Executive Director

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