Religious or not, most Israelis sit down for Passover seder

Still, only 22 percent refrain from leavening during weeklong holiday

Glass and stone seder plates (photo credit: Sophie Gordon/Flash 90)
Glass and stone seder plates (photo credit: Sophie Gordon/Flash 90)

Eighty-two percent of Israeli Jews who self-identify as secular still attend Passover seder, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics survey covering religious attitudes from 2009 to 2010 as reported on Channel 10 TV.

The results, released on Sunday, also show that some 94% of Israeli Jews uphold Jewish tradition in some way, and that 67% of secular Israeli Jews light Hannukah candles.

Despite attending seder, only 22% of secular Israelis said they ate only kosher-for-Passover food on the holiday. Sixty-two percent of secular and traditional Israeli Jews said they supported civil marriage, and 78% supported the opening of pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues on Shabbat.

The statistics have remained relatively steady over time: A Guttman Institute Study for 2000 revealed that 85% of Israeli Jews participate in a Passover seder and 71% light Hannukah candles.

However, support for civil marriage has seen a sharp increase in the last decade, from just 49% support in 2000 to 62% in 2010.

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