World Jewish Population 2003
Publication Date: January 2003
Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee
Author(s): Sergio DellaPergola
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: World Jews; Demography
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.