Antisemitism is an issue of major concern for the Jewish communities of Australia – as it has been since 1945, and before.
Jeremy Jones AM, past-President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, has for the past twenty years collected, classified and recorded incidents of antisemitic violence, vandalism and verbal abuse that are reported to him by individuals and Jewish organisations.
Much of the knowledge of antisemitic incidents in Australia derives from his work, although there has also been a substantial investment in data collection by the Anti-Defamation Commission in Melbourne.
Based on their interpretation of the Jones reports, the Jewish media has presented a picture of a sharp and worrying rise in the level of antisemitic activity in Australia. But is this impression accurate?
- View the report: Antisemitism [PDF, 1.78MB]
Education: a statistical analysis
The largest survey ever carried out among the Australian Jewish community, GEN08, found that about 70% of Australian-‐born Jewish adults aged under 35 had attended a Jewish day school for at least part of their education.
Poverty & Emergency Relief
This report focuses on poverty in the Jewish population of Melbourne, with comparative reference to the Jewish population of Sydney.
The New Zealand Jewish Community
In 2008, B’nai B’rith Auckland, in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization at Monash University, conducted a survey of the New Zealand and Australian Jewish communities.
Older Jewish Australians
When considering a report such as this, the inclination is to ask – so what? What does all this data really tell me about service provision over the next twenty years for an ageing Australian Jewish population?
The purpose of this study is to evaluate evidence bearing on future Jewish life in Australia, with particular reference to the Melbourne and Sydney communities.
Gen08 Preliminary Findings
The key points to emerge from this survey
2006 Victorian Census – Key Findings
The census provides the most detailed demographic data on religious groups in Australia, but the data are not comprehensive because the key identifier, stated religion, is an optional census question and is not completed by a large number of people.