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Israel's Jewish population passes 6 million mark

Israel becomes world's largest Jewish center, with six million Jews; United States in second place, France third. 'World's Jews on decline,' expert says

Gad Lior
Published: 03.28.13, 10:01 / Israel News

Israel's population has crossed the eight million threshold over Passover, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Thursday. With six million Jews, Israel has become the world's largest Jewish center.

 

The remainder of the population is comprised of 1.6 million Arabs, 350,000 non-Arab Christians and others, mostly olim or relatives of olim from the former USSR, whose religion is not listed in the Interior Ministry's census.

 

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At the start of 2012, Israel was home to 7.836 million people, after a growth of 1.8% from 2011.

 

Over the last year, 170,000 babies were born in Israel and 17,000 olim arrived, but naturally, one has to account for those who passed away as well, and Israel's population at the start of 2013 amounted to 7.993 million, crossing the 8 million mark only now.

 

It is noteworthy that at least half a million registered Israelis reside abroad - studying, travelling, working, or otherwise engaged.

 

For the first time, Israel has become the world's largest center of Jewry, with the United States at second place with 5.5 million Jews - two million in New York City alone.

 

Well behind at third place is France with 500,000 Jews, most of them in Paris. Canada is next in line, with 380,000 Jews, most of them residing in Toronto.

 

Britain numbers 290,000 in the Jewish community, mostly in the capital, London.

 

"In the world today there are 13,800,000 Jews," said Professor Sergio Della Pergola, an expert on Jewish demography from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, who collected the data.  

 

"Israel has indeed experienced a growth in the number of Jews last year, but world Jewry outside Israel did not fare so well.

 

"On the contrary, world Jewry has experienced negative growth," he said.

 

Telem Yahav and Danny Adino Ababa contributed to this report

 

 

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