- There is a very strong sense of Jewish identification; depending on definition, between 80% and 90% of respondents see their ‘Jewishness’ as an important or defining characteristic of their lives.
- A distinguishing characteristic of Jews in Australia is the connectedness of families. Over 70% of respondents indicated that they spent Friday evening Sabbath with their family every week or most weeks.
- Support for Israel unifies the Jewish community. There is evidence of division of opinion in response to many issues, but much of the difference disappears when Israel is considered; close to 80% of respondents indicated that they regarded themselves as Zionist, while only 13% did not. There are, however, a wide range of views on the policy to be followed in pursuit of peace with Palestinians.
View the report: Gen08 Preliminary Findings [PDF, 737kB]
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.
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.
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.