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June 26, 2015 9:45 am

Global Jewish Population Approaches Pre-Holocaust Level

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The global Jewish population is nearly 16 million. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The global Jewish population is nearing 16 million. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The current global Jewish population is about 14.2 million, according to new data from the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI). When combining that figure with the number of people around the world with one Jewish parent, or those who identify as part-Jewish, the total rises to 16.5 million and equals the world’s Jewish population before the Holocaust.

A report issued by JPPI indicates that the global rise in Jewish population has occurred naturally and took place mainly in Israel, where there are currently about 6.1 million Jews. Israel has one of the highest fertility rates in the Western world. This population growth is also connected the  “changing patterns of Jewish identification,” according to JPPI. For instance, 59 percent of Americans with only one Jewish parent now identify as Jewish.

In the U.S., it might now be considered more “respectable” than it was in the past to identify as Jewish, said JPPI President Avinoam Bar-Yosef.

 

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  • SARA RIFKA

    i hold the world responsible for all the losses….even today the world punches the dead line of our masses…..

    what a shabbos treat to see these numbers and remain fearful that the world still has not changed at all…..each day news states this and each day you welcome gentiles and muslims with hands open because this one is different…..that one is nice…..this one will do kind things…..silly..

    i am not of this kind at all…..today with deaths of jews still awaiting the toll of bells to ears of kkk….obamaites…jstreet and so much more…..

    today…..its truth…..why would you run into the centre of a war and not protect your children……jews are doing this today just to be amiable again……friendly ……..secure.

    think again……i want these numbers to jump…..roar with joy and sing their shabbos songs and go to school get married and have children….

    so when someone chooses differently than this i can only wish them
    ‘death’…….these folks don’t change…can’t change ……its in their dna

    hateful, dum and still thinking we jews are SLAVES…..yes, with a smile to HASHEM

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