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Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Sergio DellaPergola

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Ethnic and racial groups)

Keywords: World Jews; Demography

Type: Report


In: American Jewish Year Book 103, 588-612. Figures on population size, characteristics, and trends are a primary tool in the evaluation of Jewish community needs and prospects at the local level and internationally. The estimates reported in this overview reflect a prolonged and ongoing effort to study scientifically the demography of contemporary world Jewry. The world's Jewish population was estimated at 12.95 million at the beginning of 2003. The figure reflects a significant downward revision, mostly related to a new estimate on the Jewish population in the U.S.