Booba’s not happy — she wants to see you more of­ten

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

WE ARE not get­ting enough time with Booba and Zeida, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

A sur­vey com­mis­sioned by World Jewish Re­lief has shown that a third of adult Jews see their grand­par­ents four times a year or less.

Fewer than one in 10 grand­chil­dren are happy with that ar­range­ment, while one in five grand­par­ents would like to see their grand­chil­dren more.

How­ever, the sur­vey, com­mis­sioned by the char­ity for UK Grand­par­ents Day on Oc­to­ber 4, did show that Jewish grand­par­ents and grand­chil­dren see each other more of­ten than non-Jews.

Jewish grand­par­ents in the cap­i­tal are more likely to see their grand­chil­dren regularly than those in Manch­ester, with 77 per cent of Lon­don­ers meet­ing up with their grand­chil­dren on at least a fort­nightly ba­sis com­pared to 64 per cent of Man­cu­ni­ans.

The sur­vey, con­ducted in July by Sur­va­tion, re­vealed that 92 per cent of Jew- ish grand­par­ents would like at least fort­nightly meet­ings, when in re­al­ity only 70 per cent re­ceive this.

Re­searchers ques­tioned 1,023 Jews and 1,390 mem­bers of the gen­eral public.

WJR will run events across the coun­try to mark Grand­par­ents Day, with more than a dozen Jewish schools and com­mu­ni­ties from Liver­pool, Leeds, Manch­ester and Lon­don hold­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as suc­cah-dec­o­rat­ing ses­sions and a tea party for se­niors.

The char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Paul An­ti­coni, said: “Ev­ery­one can make a small dif­fer­ence them­selves, so we en­cour­age peo­ple to take time out of their busy lives to do so.”

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