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World Jewish Population, 2007

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Sergio DellaPergola

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Demography; Population Estimate; Study

Type: Report


Israel's Jewish population (not including more than 300,000 non-Jewish immigrants admitted in the framework of the Law of Return) approached 5.4 million in 2007, or 41% of world Jewry. This represented a watershed in Jewish population history: after critically reviewing all available evidence on Jewish demographic trends, it is plausible to claim that Israel has overtaken the United States in hosting the largest Jewish community worldwide. Dissenting opinions on this issue will be reviewed later in this article.

In American Jewish Yearbook 2007, pp.551-600.