Supporting and Engaging with the Jewish Community in London

This article provides an overview of how communities strive to support development & excellence within their member organizations & how access to mental health care has been improved within Orthodox Judaism.

Supporting and Engaging with the Jewish Community in London

Most communities strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere for new members and visitors to the synagogue, and the Jewish community is no exception. Our mission is to support and promote excellence in our member organizations, encouraging them to lead the way in maintaining, building and celebrating vibrant Jewish communities across the UK. The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) has also launched a pan-European network of Jewish rural houses, bringing together 16 properties from six different countries. This website now hosts a “Palaces, Villas and Country Houses” route, based on Green's research, that introduces houses and their Jewish connections to many thousands of online and in-person visitors.

The Jewish people are incredibly diverse from a religious, cultural, political and ethnic standpoint, both in the United Kingdom and around the world. Jews are also passionate institution-builders, and the intricate network of Jewish organizations in the United Kingdom reflects this diversity. There are around 2,500 Jewish charities in the UK. Jews report that they often (20%) or sometimes (19%) celebrate Shabbat in a way that is meaningful to them.

For some, this could include traditional practices such as resting, attending church services, or lighting candles. For others, it might involve meeting friends or doing community service. As with so many other forms of participation in Jewish life, celebrating Shabbat in a way that has personal meaning is much more common among Jews by religion than among Jews without religion. It is also more common among married Jews (marriages between people of the same religion) than among those who are married to non-Jewish spouses.

And it's more common among Orthodox Jews and less common among those with no denominational ties. In 1998, the United Kingdom organized the London Gold Conference to finalize the disposal of gold confiscated by the Nazis in several European countries. Today, two-thirds of Jewish children attend Jewish day schools (100% of Haredi children and 43% of the rest of the community). A smaller percentage say they frequently or sometimes read Jewish literature, history, or biographies (44%), watch television with Jewish or Israeli themes (43%), read Jewish news in print or online (42%), or listen to Jewish or Israeli music (36%). We commissioned extensive surveys and focus groups to give us a data-based idea of how the general public and the Jewish community felt about the topic.

There are also close ties between the Jewish community and the Conservative Friends of Israel (as there are with the Labor Friends of Israel and the Liberal Democratic Friends of Israel), although these are not specifically about Jewish groups.

Jewish Participation in Religious Life

The most recent figures from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research estimate that more than 79,000 households in the United Kingdom include at least one member who belongs to a synagogue. Other representative Jewish organizations include the London Jewish Forum and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. Improvements in access to mental health care for people in the Orthodox Jewish community were achieved through the collaborative efforts of a distributed leadership team. And Jews with spouses who are also Jewish are more likely than married respondents to have participated in a Seder, fasted on Yom Kippur, and attended a ritual such as a bar or bat mitzvah last year.

Jewish Population Before World War II

At the beginning of World War II (World War II), the Jewish population in the United Kingdom (United Kingdom) was approximately 370,000 to 390,000 people.

Instead, they think that synagogues and other Jewish organizations must devise new and unconventional ways of interacting with Jews who don't go to religious services, can't read Hebrew, and have different levels of Jewish education. Chabad participants are more likely than other Jews to have a Jewish spouse, and they have lower levels of education, on average, than Jews who do not participate in Chabad activities. However, unlike Haredi Judaism, modern orthodoxy believes that it is possible to live an observant Jewish life and still participate fully in modern society.


This document provides a critical reflection on an initiative that sought to improve access to mental health services funded by the National Health Service within an orthodox Jewish community. The mission of supporting development and excellence within our member organizations is essential for maintaining vibrant communities across Europe.

The intricate network of organizations reflects this diversity while providing access to mental health care for those within Orthodox Judaism.

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