May 24, 2010
Haredi numbers rise in Britain
Synagogue membership has stopped declining in Britain, due to a rise in the number of fervently Orthodox Jews.
But the numbers of haredim, or fervently Orthodox Jews, have more than doubled since 2005, from 4.5 percent to 10.9 percent of British Jews who are synagogue members, according to the survey.
Central Orthodox—equivalent to North America’s modern Orthodox—and Sephardim now make up 58.2 percent of the British Jewish population, down from 69.6 percent.
The authors say that later marriages among non-haredi Jews, and the resultant drop in the Jewish birthrate, may be affecting those figures.