In good faith.
(photo credit: Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies)
Jerusalem’s population is diverse, comprising groups with varying
characteristics, including groups that differ from one another in the extent of
their religious observance.
The social survey that the Central Bureau of
Statistics conducts within the population aged 20 and above reveals that during
the years 2008-2010 (on average), 31 percent of the Jews in Jerusalem described
themselves as traditional, 29% as haredi (ultra-Orthodox), 21% as religious and
19% as secular.
The percentage of Jews aged 20 and above in Jerusalem who
described themselves as haredi was the highest among the large cities of Israel
and was significantly higher than the percentage of haredim in Israel
In comparison, the percentage of haredim in Tel Aviv was 2%, in
Haifa 3%, and in Rishon Lezion 1%. The percentage of religious Jews in Jerusalem
(21%) was also higher than the average for Israel (10%).
of traditional Jews (traditional-religious and traditional-not-so-religious) in
Jerusalem stood at 31%, lower than the average for Israel (39%) and the lowest
of the major cities in Israel.
As for the secular, the percentage of
secular Jews in Jerusalem (19%) was much lower than the average for Israel (42%)
and was the lowest of the major cities in Israel. The percentage of secular Jews
in Tel Aviv, for example, was the highest among the major cities, measuring 59%,
compared to 58% for Haifa, 47% for Rishon Lezion and 32% for
Within the non-Jewish sector as well, the extent of religious
observance in Jerusalem was higher than the average for Israel and for its major
cities. The data reveal that 14% of non-Jewish Jerusalemites described
themselves as very religious, compared to 60% who described themselves as
religious, 21% as not so religious, and 5% as not religious.
comparison, 7% of the non-Jews in Israel described themselves as very religious
(half of the figure for Jerusalem), 46% described themselves as religious, 26%
as not so religious and 21% as not religious (four times the figure for
In Haifa and Tel Aviv, the extent of religious observance of
non-Jews was especially low. The percentage of very religious non-Jews in these
cities measured 1%-2%, and the percentage of religious non-Jews measured 23% and