The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

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

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