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%
“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.