As anti-Semitism rises in Europe: 70% of European Jews not planning to attend High Holiday services

Despite the increased security precautions that will be taken during this Jewish High Holiday season in Europe, a recent survey suggested that about 70% of European Jews are not planning to attend the synagogue services.
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The rise of anti-Semitism in Europe along with the most recent terror attacks across the continent seem to be taking their toll on Jewish residents. The results of a survey conducted on behalf of the European Jewish Association, which were released today (Tuesday), indicate that about 70% of Jewish Europeans are planning to not attend the High Holiday services at their synagogue. Their decision comes despite the fact that the synagogues across Europe will be taking increased security precautions during this period.

The survey was conducted this month among 700 Jewish communities in many capital cities and suburbs across the continent. The survey also indicated that about 50% of the Jewish communities claimed that there has been a drop in the number of members who actively engage in their activities. The Jewish communities attributed this decrease to the rise of anti-Semitism.

Only 11% of the Jewish communities reported that there has been an increase in the number of active members. 39% of the Jewish communities claimed that the number of active members this year was not different compared to previous years.

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