Declining Numbers

The percentage of Jews in the world is in decline. Religions like Islam and Atheism are growing in numbers, ...
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ayn
09/17/2012

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The worldwide Jewish population is 13.3 million Jews. Jewish population growth worldwide is close to zero percent. From 2000 to 2001 it rose 0.3%, compared to worldwide population growth of 1.4%.

In 2001, 8.3 million Jews lived in the Diaspora and 4.9 million lived in Israel. Just about half of the world’s Jews reside in the Americas, with about 46 percent in North America.
Approximately 37% of worldwide Jewry lives in Israel. Israel's Jewish population rose by 1.6% the past year, while the Diaspora population dropped by 0.5%.
Europe, including the Asian territories of the Russian Republic and Turkey, accounts for about 12 percent of the total. Fewer than 2 percent of the world’s Jews live in Africa and Oceania.
Metropolitan Tel Aviv, with 2.5 million Jews, is the world's largest Jewish city. It is followed by New York, with 1.9 million, Haifa 655,000, Los Angeles 621,000, Jerusalem 570,000, and southeast Florida 514,000.
In 2001, 8 countries had a Jewish population of 100,000 or more; another 5 countries had 50,000 or more. There is not a single Diaspora country where Jews amounted to 2.5 percent of the total population. Only 3 Diaspora countries had more than 1 percent. Gibraltar (24.0 per 1000), United States (20.1), Canada (11.9), France (8.8), Uruguay (6.7), Argentina (5.3), Hungary (5.2), and Australia (5.1)[1] had the highest ratios.*

Islam is on the rise, mainly because they happen to live in countries with little birth control. Atheism is also on the rise. Christianity is holding steady(ish) and Judaism is not growing much at all. If this trend continues it could be a problem for the worlds remaining Jews. Fewer synagogues, fewer husbands or wives for those who wish to marry within the religion, harder to find kosher deli's etc. This could mean anything from minor inconvenience to major hassle.
Some fear that world Jewry is in danger of dying out.
Then again, I think every generation of Jews has had that fear and so far (and despite the best efforts of some) they're still here.



*copy and paste job from http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/world-jewish-population.htm

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