UK - Synagogue Membership at All-time Low

Arno Froese

The UK is now home to the largest number of synagogues ever recorded in the country, but membership is at an all-time low, according to a report the Institute of Jewish Policy Research and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

The report found that despite the 454 synagogues that now exist in the UK, the number of household memberships in them has dropped below 80,000.

In 2016, 79,597 Jewish households across the United Kingdom held synagogue memberships in 2016, down from 99,763 in 1990, a 20% decline over a quarter of a century.

The largest denominational group remains “central Orthodox”—an amalgamation of synagogues affiliated with the United Synagogue, the Federation of Synagogues and other independent Modern Orthodox synagogues—yet its share of total membership has dropped to 53%, down from 66% in 1990.

“The affiliated British Jewish community is changing,” said Dr. Jonathan Boyd, executive director of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. While the mainstream Orthodox center is in numerical decline, stricter forms of Orthodoxy are in ascendancy, he added.

-www.jpost.com, 5 July 2017

Arno's commentary

There is a great change going on; not only in the UK, but in the entire European world (West). Another articles highlights: “423 New Mosques, 500 Closed Churches.”

This shows again the decline of Churchianity and the increase of Islam. Where will it lead? According to Scripture, a new religion, a mixture of Christendom and Islam. All in the end will worship the image of the beast.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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