Sydney’s Jewish population has maintained a close-knit culture through the organic development of communal hubs. The high proportion of Jewish residences within small geographic zones has driven the development of shops, restaurants, schools, sports clubs and other institutions.
The highest concentration of Jewish life exists within the eastern suburbs, with a significant secondary hub located on the upper north shore. Despite these established communities, a recent trend has emerged of young adults moving west to the previously perceived fringe areas.
As of 2006, Jewish enclaves included Bondi, Vaucluse, Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill in the eastern suburbs with 12.8%, 11.2%, 7.2% and 6.2% of Jews residing there respectively. Other Jewish enclaves include Woollahra (5.6%), Maroubra (6.0%), Coogee (3.7) and Randwick. On the north shore the main hub is St Ives with 6.6% of the Jewish population, followed by Chatswood (3.5%) and Lindfield (1.8%). Other suburbs with a Jewish presence include Ryde (2.7%) and South Sydney (2.6%).
The Canberra Jewish Community in the Australian Capital Territory numbers approximately 400, its membership reflecting the distinctive nature of Canberra, with many public servants and professionals, academics and students, as well as some in private enterprise.
Canberra has a single Jewish community run by an elected board and accommodating spiritual and temporal needs across the spectrum of Jewish diversity. It provides for religious needs through both Orthodox and Progressive services in different parts of the Jewish Community Centre. It is also responsible for such activities as adult education, Hebrew school, youth activities, social activities, welfare and relations with the general community and Jewish organisations outside Canberra.