World Jewry numbers 14.7 million
ROSH HASHANAH was celebrated by a world Jewish population of 14.7 million, according to new Jewish Agency figures, as research by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) suggests the Israeli population will reach 10 million by the end of 2024.
The Jewish Agency survey showed around 45 per cent of the 14.7 million live in Israel. Of those based elsewhere, 5.7 million are in America, 453,000 in France, 391,000 in Canada, 290,000 in Britain and 180,000 in Argentina.
The research was compiled by Professor Sergio Della Pergola, Israel’s leading expert on Jewish demography and reflects the world’s “core Jewish population”— those who identify in surveys as Jewish and do not have another religion. It also includes individuals with a Jewish parent who claim no religious or ethnic identity.
Meanwhile the CBS data shows that Israel’s population, currently 8.9 million, grew by two per cent in 2017-18.
There were 175,000 babies born and 43,000 deaths. New immigrants totalled 29,000.
Israel’s fertility rate is 3.11 per woman, the highest among OECD countries — and close to double the OECD average. In August, hospitals across Israel reported a record number of births.