Education: a statistical analysis

Author: David Graham

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.

One of the key drivers for this very high level of penetration is the belief of many Jewish parents that Jewish day schooling strengthens Jewish identity.

Indeed, respondents ranked this benefit “by a large margin” above all other potential benefits and advantages of Jewish day schooling (Markus et al., 2009: 18).

In light of this finding and the high financial cost of Australian Jewish day schooling, this report empirically addresses an important, but deceptively simple, question: What is the contribution of Australian Jewish day school education to Jewish identity outcomes in adulthood?