Child poverty and deprivation in the British Jewish community

By Jonathan Boyd

Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), March 2011

Child poverty is not an issue typically associated with contemporary British Jews. The stereotypical image is of a population that is well-educated and financially secure, vulnerable to life's general vicissitudes, of course, but more often than not part of a community rich in social capital that invests considerable sums in ensuring its most exposed members are provided with the support they need. While part of this image is indeed accurate, there is some clear evidence of social inequality and deprivation within the community. This report examines child poverty and deprivation in the British Jewish community, with a focus on the ways in which the British Jewish community currently approaches these issues and what more might be done to both ameliorate their effects and to prevent their occurrence in the first place. In addition, the report seeks to locate this within the broader context of the British government's efforts to eradicate child poverty by 2020, and, using existing data, to provide a thorough and scientific assessment of the scale of the problem within the British Jewish community.

Topic: Methodology, Social Services, Children, Foundations, Poverty, Data, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Public Policy

Funder: JL Charity Trust , JPR Trustees , Norwood , Rothschild Foundation Europe

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United Kingdom

Language: English

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Boyd, Jonathan. Child poverty and deprivation in the British Jewish community. Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). March 2011:


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