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Arial view of Gibraltar. Photo: Wikipedia

A new Pew poll has confirmed that Gibraltar has the second highest percentage of Jews among  inhabitants of any nation in the world. Here are the top six:

1) Israel 75.6%
2) Gibraltar 2%
3) United States 1.8%
4) Monaco 1.7%
5) Belize 1%
6) Canada 1%

As Elder of Ziyon pointed out, the JTA profiled Gibraltar’s Jewish community in December 2011.

“Four synagogues, a mikvah, a kosher coffeehouse and separate boys and girls religious high schools.”

“Combined, they suggest a community far larger than just 750 Jews. But Gibraltar — the tiny British overseas territory of 30,000 that sits at the foot of Spain and at the gateway to North Africa and the Mediterranean — has spent centuries cultivating its individuality.”

“We’ve got an infrastructure that could cope with a community of 2,000, and we’ve only got 700,” Mark Benady, a native Gibraltarian and vice president of the territory’s Jewish community, told the JTA.

According to the Pew report, the following countries have a larger Jewish population than Muslim population:

Israel, United States, Monaco, Belize, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, San Marino, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Chile, and Hungary.

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  • Naomi Goffman Burn

    What Jerry Hersch says is accurate but as of my last time in Belize in 2014, Africans (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon among others) also made up a substantial part of the muslim community there and there were also a sizable number of Belizeans (mostly Afro-belieans) converted to Islam. I visited the central masjid/mosque numerous times where I was mostly warmly welcomed as a Jew. But Mr Hersh is correct about his remarks concerning the Paki and muslim Lebanese/Palestinian/Turks. And Eric R is correct about the elected leader Said Musa, a Palestinian Christian Belizean , who was Prime Minister (not President) from about 1998-2008 approximately.

  • Naomi Goffman Burn

    I lived in Belize 14 years and met only a handful of other Jews there. There is no rabbi, no shul, no Chabad (although the Chabad organization in Cancun acknowledges responsibilty in principle for Belize) – no organized Jewish community whatsoever. There are a few prominent business people who are Jewish American or Canadian expats long residing in Belize. However, numerous Belizeans who are aware of their history aver that there is an overgrown old Jewish cemetary along the bank of the Belize River. The local wisdom is that this cemetary was founded upon land donated to the Jewish community during the British colonial period (1800’s?) because Jews wete not permitted (didn’t want?) burial in Belize City’s Lord’s Ridge Cemetary. Another aspect of this folk wisdom that I heard was that the arrival of Jewish families in Belize was somehow connected with the American Civil War.

  • tina Frazier

    Hello my name is Tina i was born in Belize my mother is from Belize and my dad the U.S.A. and her Dad is from East India. and my Grandma on my mother side is chinese and indian known in Belize as a Coolie Black Indian with long beautiful wavy straight hair. my Grandfather’s Last names are Rambam, Logan, Hogan and Cohen which is the Priestly tribe through Arron Moses Brother. I believe They are of Jewish decent from India. But mostly are Catholic and Christian and Hindu. please keep my family in prayer so that we will learn to serve God together as one and worship Him only in spirit and truth.
    Remain Blessed

    • Rabbi Z

      Hello Tina,
      If there’s anything I can do to help please let me know.
      I’ve been involved a lot with helping people find their roots.
      Take care

  • Eric R.

    1) Last I looked, Gibraltar is not a country.

    2) 750 is actually 2.5%, plus there are probably some hidden Jews in there as well.

    3) I have to seriously question the Belize figure. That would mean 3,000 Jews in the country; I have not visited there, but several family members have, and they have commented about there being no Jews. In fact, they have a sizeable Palestinian Christian Arab population, one of which was recently President.

    • Jerry Hersch

      I think you are correct about Belize..there are however part-timers from the US,Canada and a few from the UK who have residences there -but the figure given is inflated.There are a few Palestinians but there are a few hundredSyrian Christians (Christian mostly) and about as many Turks.The larger part of Belize’s Moslem population is of Indo-Paki origin mostly from other Caribbean areas who total a few thousand..they and the growing Chinese comminity of also a few thousand control a growing share of the local commerce.

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