Britain and Australia, a World Apart, Together: An International Contextualization of Jewish Intermarriage Using Census Data
Abstract: Census data are far superior in population coverage to survey data and, when relevant information is available, provide a tremendous opportunity for detailed demographic research into Jewish populations. This paper presents a comparative assessment of census data on Jewish intermarriage in England and Wales contrasting this with comparative data from Australia. In doing so, it presents a statistically robust contextualisation and description of intermarriage patterns and processes being experienced by these two Jewish populations. Despite the enormity of the geographical distance separating them, multiple parallels are observed. The analysis demonstrates the versatility of census data and its potential for broadening our understanding of subtopics of intermarriage such as the role cohabitation plays in patterns of homogamy and the transmission of Jewish identity to children being raised in intermarried homes. Finally, it demonstrates that despite striking similarities, there is clear evidence that Britain and Australia are set upon divergent paths with Britain moving towards higher prevalence of marital endogamy and Australia moving towards lower prevalence.
Demographic Trends Among the Jews in the Three Slavic Republics of the Former USSR: A Comparative Analysis
Abstract: This article presents voluminous demographic information on the Jews in the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belorussia which was collected by Soviet population censuses and vital statistics: detailed structure by age and sex in 1959, 1970, 1979 and 1989 (Tables 1A – 3A on pp. 171-173), and annual numbers of births and deaths for the period since 1958 (Tables 4A – 5A on pp. 174-175).
The Geographic Expansion of Jewish Communities and Its Implication for Social Cohension and Community Organization
Topics: Jewish Neighbourhoods, Cities and Suburbs, Demography, Jewish Community, Main Topic: Demography and Migration, Residential Patterns
Abstract: .This paper describes the process of mapping Jewish residential concentrations. The authors were able to narrow down this process to individual streets. The major questions in play is: what do these maps of Jews as a proportion of the total population tell us about Jewish residential concentration and segregation within the general population? The subsequent analysis of the 1981 Census data was carried out for the Jewish concentrations in London's northwestern Borough of Barnet.
Abstract: In this paper we shall study the incidence of mixed marriage in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and the role of demographic peculiarities of the Jewish marriage market in the spread of mixed marriage. Special attention will be devoted to the offspring of mixed couples and their ethnic affiliation. The relatively high proportion of non-Jews in the aliyah movement from the FSU as a consequence of mixed marriage will also be examined
Abstract: 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.
Topics: Intermarriage, Main Topic: Other
Abstract: Through a survey of affiliated Jews in Scandinavia, the author provides demographic information about attitudes towards intermarriage, rates of intermarriage and marriage to converts, and the ritual religious practices of intermarried families compared to in-married families. Jewish community size seems to be the strongest factor in predicting the acceptance and practice of intermarriage.