Institute for Jewish Policy Research

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The Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), founded as the Institute of Jewish Affairs, is a London-based research institute and think tank. It specializes in contemporary Jewish affairs, with a particular focus on Jews in Britain and across Europe. It is responsible for most of the recent data that exist on Jews in Britain, and its most significant recent reports include a study of Jews in Britain based on the 2001 UK Census data, an analysis of the attitudes of Jews in Britain towards Israel, an extensive study of child poverty and deprivation in the British Jewish community and the first National Jewish Student Survey. Its recent think-tank activities have included "Res Publica: The European Common Good," and "New Conceptions of Community." JPR also runs a public education programme, and has hosted lectures from a range of leading international thinkers including Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, James Wolfenson, Professor Jonathan Sarna and Professor Zygmunt Bauman.

Its current programme includes a National Jewish Community Survey in the UK, and a European Union sponsored study of Jewish perceptions and experiences of antisemitism across Europe.

The Institute was founded in New York in 1941, under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Congress.[1] It moved to London in 1965,[1] and was refounded as the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in February 1996.[2]

It is a registered charity under English law and it exists to provide "policy-related research and analysis for individuals and organizations concerned with the enhancement of contemporary Jewish life."[3] Its Honorary President is Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild,[4] its Chairman is Harold Paisner, and its Executive Director is Jonathan Boyd. Its research team includes Dr David Graham and Dr Laura Staetsky, and it counts among its Associate Research Fellows Professor Sergio DellaPergola (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Professor András Kovács (Central European University, Budapest), Professor Lars Dencik (Roskilde University, Denmark), Professor Eliezer Ben-Rafael (Tel Aviv University) Professor Erik Cohen (Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv) and Professor David Feldman (Pears Centre for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck College, London).

Previous directors of the institute include Professor Barry Kosmin, and Antony Lerman.

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