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?
- View the report: Education: a statistical analysis [PDF, 1.65MB]
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.
Antisemitism is an issue of major concern for the Jewish communities of Australia – as it has been since 1945, and before.
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.