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How Many Reform and Conservative Jews in israel

Tomer Persico brings (Hebrew) some interesting numbers from a recent poll by the Knesset TV Channel. People were asked “Do you feel attached to one of the denominations in Judaism? If so, which one?”

Knesset poll denominations

The answers may surprise some people: Reform 6%; Conservative 6%; Orthodox 35%; no denomination 45%. A previous poll from 2009 put the number who identified as Reform or Conservative Jews at 7.6%. Tomer attributes the rise in numbers of those who identify with the Reform and Conservative movements to an increasing distancing from and rejection of the Orthodox rabbinic establishment.

2 Responses to “How Many Reform and Conservative Jews in israel”

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    Harry P:

    I also think that there are many more Israelis that visit the USA and see that non-orthodox synagogues are not so bad. Besides, the key issue is not that the Conservative or Reform denominations need to grow in Israel. If the Orthodox establishment power would be reduced it will allow further developments in Judaism that may look different than anything in America. Let a thousand flowers bloom.

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    DF:

    I’m skeptical of all polls (like the election-eve polls predicting a Bouji win) but of polls like the one you describe specifically. Come now, MM. The 2013 poll was conducted by the very left-wing Israel Center for Democracy. It is so easy to manipulate these things. If the polls are done in person, you can tell just by walking up them how they will answer. If done online, that already excludes the charedi population. And if done by phone, the neighborhood itself provides the answer, and can be pre-selected. Thus, I don’t believe for a second that 12% of all Israelis prefer Reform and Conservative over Orthodoxy. Indeed, I don’t believe that 12% of Israelis even know what those words mean.

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