Gen08 preliminary findings

The key points to emerge from this survey are:

  • There is a very strong sense of Jewish identification; depending on definition, between 80% and 90% of respondents see their ‘Jewishness’ as an important or defining characteristic of their lives.
  • A distinguishing characteristic of Jews in Australia is the connectedness of families. Over 70% of respondents indicated that they spent Friday evening Sabbath with their family every week or most weeks.
  • Support for Israel unifies the Jewish community. There is evidence of division of opinion in response to many issues, but much of the difference disappears when Israel is considered; close to 80% of respondents indicated that they regarded themselves as Zionist, while only 13% did not. There are, however, a wide range of views on the policy to be followed in pursuit of peace with Palestinians.

View the report: Gen08 Preliminary Findings [PDF, 737kB]