Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Half a Million Jews will Participate in Rosh Hashanah Tefilos but a Million & a Half Jews Hide their Jewishness


Hiding JewishnessData gathered from more than 800 rabbis and members of the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCA), together with the European Jewish Association (EJA), indicates that about half a million Jews will this year attend Rosh Hashanah tefilos held in 1353 synagogues across Europe, to mark the Jewish New Year next week.

Recent data of Jewish weddings in Europe, also indicates that there is 80% intermarriage among Europe’s Jewish communities, when compared with the total number of Jews.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, General Director of the European Jewish Association and of the RCE revealed that, according to data gathered from more than 800 European Jewish communities in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah, about 40% of Europe’s Jews choose to hide their Jewishness and about 75% of Jewish children in Europe are not enrolled in Jewish schools. In addition, whilst twice as many Jews are reported to attend shul on Yom Kippur as on Shabbos throughout the year, 70% of Europe’s Jews choose not to go to shul during the Yomim Nora’im.

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