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Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Victoria Square

Adelaide was founded on a vision of religious tolerance that attracted a wide variety of religious practitioners. This led to it being known as The City of Churches.[1][2][3] But approximately 28% of the population expressed no religious affiliation in the 2011 Census, compared with the national average of 22.3%, making Adelaide one of Australia's least religious cities.[4] Over half of the population of Adelaide identifies as Christian, with the largest denominations being Catholic (21.3%), Anglican (12.6%), Uniting Church (7.6%) and Eastern Orthodox (3.5%).[5]

The Jewish community of the city dates back to 1840. Eight years later, 58 Jews lived in the city.[6] A synagogue was built in 1871, when 435 Jews lived in the city. Many took part in the city councils, such as Judah Moss Solomon (1852–66) and others after him. Three Jews have been elected to the position of city mayor.[7] In 1968, the Jewish population of Adelaide numbered about 1,200;[8] in 2001, according to the Australian census, 979 persons declared themselves to be Jewish by religion.[6] In 2011, over 1,000 Jews were living in the city, operating an Orthodox and a Reform school, in addition to a virtual Jewish museum.[9]

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  2. Religious freedom.
  3. Religion: Diversity Archived 10 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine, SA Memory. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  4. 2011 Census – Greater Adelaide.
  5. 2011 Census – Greater Adelaide.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Adelaide Archived 15 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Jewish Virtual Library, Encyclopaedia Judica, 2008.
  7. Adelaide Archived 8 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine,, 1906.
  8. The Jewish Community of Adelaide. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.
  9. Adelaide Jewish Museum.