The Jewish community in Britain

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The Jewish community in Britain today consists of around 300,000 people, concentrated in four cities (the largest in London). It reflects a wide variety of religious practices, but all members consider themselves as Jews.

One of the great sources of pride for British Jewry is the remarkable network of welfare provision that exists. There are old-age homes, mental health organisations, provision for families in crisis and distress, Jewish women's shelters, a drugs counselling service, marriage guidance and so on.

This provision indicates that members of the Jewish community have the same problems as everybody else. In order to help run all of these various organisations, a huge amount of charitable activity goes on to raise the necessary funds.

Jews in Britain are also active in supporting Jewish and non-Jewish communities across the world by providing financial, educational and physical support.