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DEBATING IDENTITY: JEWS IN AMERICA

Jewish Population

DEBATING IDENTITY. Jews in America. Third in a four-part series

April 22, 1998

World Jewish centers have shifted dramatically in the 20th century, as a result of the Holocaust, emigration, wars, the breakup of nations and the creation of Israel. Today, about 95% of world Jewry is concentrated in 10 countries. The United States, home to more than 5.5 million Jews, tops the list, followed by Israel, with about 4.7 million.

1900 / TOTAL JEWISH POPULATION: 10,671,832

At the outset of a century of upheaval, the great bulk of Jews are concentrated in eastern and central Europe. Immigration has increased U.S. Jewish population fivefold in two decades.

United States: 1,127,268

Russia: 5,189,401

Germany: 586,948

Austria-Hungary: 2,071,254

Romania: 276,493

Turkey: 350,000

1940 / TOTAL JEWISH POPULATION: 15,750,000

United States: 4,831,180

Poland: 3,113,900

Soviet Union: 3,020,141

Romania: 900,000

Hungary: 444,567

Czechoslovakia: 356,830

Germany: 240,000

Palestine: 424,373

1960 / TOTAL JEWISH POPULATION: 12,800,000

United States: 5,531,500

Soviet Union: 2,268,000

Israel: 1,880,000

Britain: 450,000

Argentina: 400,000

France: 350,000

Canada: 250,000

Romania: 225,000

Morocco: 200,000

1995 / TOTAL JEWISH POPULATION: 13,059,000

United States: 5,690,000

Canada: 362,000

Britain: 292,000

France: 525,000

Russia: 360,000

Israel: 4,549,500

Source: The American Jewish Committee

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