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Modern British Jewry$
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Geoffrey Alderman

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207597.001.0001

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A House Divided

A House Divided

(p.321) 7 A House Divided
Modern British Jewry

Geoffrey Alderman

Oxford University Press

There has been a substantial contraction in the size of British Jewry since the Second World War. Very little of this contraction can be ascribed to emigration. In particular, emigration to Israel has remained small; at the end of the 1950s there were less than 3,000 Jews in Israel of British birth, though by 1972, under the impetus of the spur to aliyah generated by the Six Day War (1967), the number had more than doubled, and by the end of the following decade (1983) it exceeded 13,000. The Anglo–Jewish death rate has remained high as the population has contracted. During the period 1965–9 it averaged 4,751 annually; between 1975 and 1979 the average rose to 4,874; between 1980 and 1983 it fell, slightly, to 4,761. Overall, Anglo–Jewry has failed to reproduce itself in sufficient numbers to make good this shortfall, let alone provide for a net increase in population.

Keywords:   Jews, British Jewry, demographics

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