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The Fertility of the Jewish People: A Contemporary Overview

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Publication Date: January 1992

Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Paul Ritterband

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Family planning)

Keywords: World Jews; Demography; Fertility

Type: Report


In Jewish Population Studies 23 (World Jewish Population: Trends and Policies), 93-105. The Diaspora communities have reached fertility levels that are below replacement and the Jewish fertility levels in Israel are significantly above replacement. This conclusion is not based upon ideology but on the reports in the scientific literature. The question is not whether or not the Jewish communities will decline, but rather how quickly they will decline.