The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

This week, the In­sti­tute for Jewish Pol­icy Re­search has pub­lished one of the most sig­nif­i­cant re­ports in the history of our com­mu­nity. It says noth­ing sur­pris­ing and lit­tle that is new. But in re­mind­ing us that within 15 years more than half of all Jewish chil­dren in Bri­tain will be Charedi — and thus, within a rel­a­tively short time, a ma­jor­ity of all Bri­tish Jews, it forces back on to the agenda an is­sue that sim­ply has to be con­fronted. Take just one, rel­a­tively small, area. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies such as the Board of Deputies and Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil are of­ten at­tacked as be­ing un­rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the main­stream. But the de­mo­graphic changes that are al­ready un­der way will soon make that not an ac­cu­sa­tion but a sim­ple state­ment of fact — but in a very dif­fer­ent sense. The Board does not in­clude Charedi deputies; and the JLC has no Charedi mem­bers. When the main­stream is Charedi, what pos­si­ble claim can ei­ther body have to be­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive? But this goes far be­yond them; this is an is­sue that has pro­found im­pli­ca­tions for the en­tire com­mu­nity.

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