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Author(s): Sapiro, Philip
Date: 2019
Abstract: The Representative Council’s demographics officer analyses data to assist various bodies to plan for the future needs of the Jewish community in Liverpool, Wirral, Chester, and adjoining areas. These needs include the scale of Jewish educational and social facilities for children, synagogue provision, welfare and social provision for adults, residential care and, ultimately, burial needs. As with all Jewish demographic studies, the question of who should be included arises. The government’s 2011 National Census used self-identification as its definition of a member of a religion; for our purposes we ‘simply’ need to estimate the numbers of people who might wish, now or in the future, to avail themselves of the services of the community – we might call these ‘community affiliatable’ people, or simply ‘our community’. The work of the demographics officer does NOT in any way seek to identify our community by name; indeed almost all data sources used exclude any means of identifying individuals. The approach adopted merely seeks to quantify our population by gender and age, with some analysis of the geographic spread across our community area. The analysis falls into three elements:  An annual ‘snapshot’ of population elements - the main sources for which are data provided by the shuls, the King David & Harold House Foundation, MJCC (on certain burials) and Greenbank Drive Limited. My thanks to the administrators and honorary officers of those organisations for their patience in completing the various forms.  An assessment of the current overall size and age breakdown of the community, which builds on the ‘snapshot’, and makes use of information from both the 2011 National Census, and our own local census also undertaken in that year.  A projection of the future size and shape of the community.
Author(s): Sapiro, Philip
Date: 2017
Abstract: The Representative Council’s demographics officer analyses data to assist various bodies to plan for the
future needs of the Jewish community in Liverpool, Wirral, Chester, and adjoining areas. These needs include
the scale of Jewish educational and social facilities for children, synagogue provision, welfare and social
provision for adults, residential care and, ultimately, burial needs. As with all Jewish demographic studies, the
question of who should be included arises. The government’s 2011 National Census used self-identification
as its definition of a member of a religion; for our purposes we ‘simply’ need to estimate the numbers of
people who might, now or in the future, wish to avail themselves of the services of the community – we might
call these ‘community affiliatable’ people, or simply ‘our community’. The work of the demographics officer
does NOT in any way seek to identify our community by name; indeed almost all data sources used exclude
any means of identifying individuals. The approach adopted merely seeks to quantify our population by
gender and age, with some analysis of the geographic spread across our community area.
The analysis falls into three elements:
• An annual ‘snapshot’ of population elements - the main sources for which are data provided by the
shuls, the King David & Harold House Foundation, MJCC (on certain burials) and Greenbank Drive
Limited. My thanks to the administrators and honorary officers of those organisations for their
patience in completing the various forms.
• An assessment of the current overall size and age breakdown of the community, which builds on the
‘snapshot’, and makes use of information from both the 2011 National Census, and our own local
census also undertaken in that year.
• A projection of the future size and shape of the community. This is key to delivering the aims of the
work of the demographics officer, and is explained later in this report.