CHAREDI BABY BOOM
Professor Alderman ( Black hats and Jewish babies, April 20) belittles Rabbi Pinter’s amazement that the Board “can only begrudgingly say that Charedi births are 40 per cent or more” since he thinks it is much higher.
Unfortunately, as the report itself notes, data on Charedi births is only available for North Manchester (compiled by myself) and for Stamford Hill (as recorded in a weekly sheet noting forthcoming simchas, which inevitably does not include any not notified in time). The figure obviously does not include the many Charedi births in north west London or Gateshead or around the country.
My data suggests that up to three quarters of Jewish births in Manchester are in the Charedi sector. I would not be surprised if this were true of the country as a whole. Furthermore the number is rising dramatically, from 95 male births in 1996, to 194 in 2011. There is no reason to think that female births have not risen correspondingly. Preliminary figures for this year suggest an even greater rise. Martin D Stern Hanover Gardens, Salford, M7