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Jewish Lives: a longitudinal study to explore changing lives of Jewish secondary school students and their families. Focus: Being a Young Jew in Britain

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Between September 2000 and August 2001, more than 600,000 babies were born in the UK. Of those, around 2,800 were born within the Jewish community. These babies – our millennium cohort – have grown up in complex, exciting and
challenging times. We are interested in the changing Jewish lives of the children born in that cohort.

We are following students, and their parents, who chose one of seven Jewish secondary schools for their children. We are following the children who entered Year 7 in September 2011. As we are collecting data every two years, the third and most recent phase of data analysis has just been completed, whilst the students are in Year 11. We are comparing this group to families who chose to send their child to non-Jewish schools.

This is a unique opportunity to conduct an in-depth and sustained exploration of the changing lives of young people and their
families.

In 2016, we received completed surveys from 799 students (almost 80% of the total);
278 from parents with students at Jewish schools and a further 57 from families with
children at non-Jewish schools. In addition we interviewed 110 families.

This publication focuses on what we have been learning with regard to our students’ developing identities. To what extent do they identify as Jews? As British citizens? We wanted to find out the extent to which these elements play a role in our students’ lives, and in what ways school plays a role in that development.

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Jewish Lives: a longitudinal study to explore changing lives of Jewish secondary school students and their families. Focus: Being a Young Jew in Britain. United Jewish Israel Appeal. 2016:  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-uk439