ORTHO­DOX AP­PROACH

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Your cov­er­age of the re­cent JLC re­port on the fu­ture for Jewish com­mu­ni­ties in Eng­land failed to men­tion its strange sta­tis­ti­cal anom­aly. By ex­clud­ing the 20 per cent of An­glo-Jewry (50 per cent of un­der-5s) who are strictly Ortho­dox, the most ob­vi­ous strate­gies for the fu­ture were not ad­dressed.

The an­swer is to find out what the most suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions are do­ing and copy them. The strictly Ortho­dox have lots of chil­dren; teach them all to read and write He­brew by age five; make sure they pray daily; eat kosher and ob­serve Shab­bat and all Jewish fes­ti­vals. If other sec­tions of An­glo-Jewry fol­low suit, our fu­ture is un­doubt­edly one of rapid ex­pan­sion and in­creas­ing suc­cess. Dr Yaakov Wise Prest­wich

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