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Global Jewish population reaches 15.7m

September 16, 2023 at 9:57 am

People gather to participate in event for 2023 Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at the burial sight of Nachman in Uman, Ukraine on September 12, 2023 [Wolfgang Schwan – Anadolu Agency]

The Jewish Agency for Israel announced on Friday that the world’s Jewish population has reached 15.7 million, Israeli news outlets reported.

According to Israeli media, the figures were released to mark the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah.

The data showed that the global Jewish population grew by around 100,000 over the past year, The Times of Israel reported.

It also stated that Israel accounts for 46 per cent of the world’s Jewry, similar to the previous year, with 8.5 million living in communities in the diaspora.

Following Israel, the US has the second-largest Jewish population, around 6.3 million.

The countries with the next ten largest Jewish populations are France (440,000), Canada (398,000), the UK (312,000), Argentina (171,000), Russia (132,000), Germany (125,000), Australia (117,200) and Brazil (90,000).

The Jewish Agency for Israel said some 27,000 Jews live in Muslim-majority countries, with 14,200 in Turkiye, 9,100 in Iran, 2,100 in Morocco, 1,000 in Tunisia and 500 in the United Arab Emirates.

There are 80 countries worldwide with Jewish populations between 100 and 10,000, with figures based on estimates by Professor Sergio Della Pergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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