World Jewry num­bers 14.7 mil­lion

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

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.

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