The world population of those who self-identify as Jews stands at about 15.2 million—an increase of 100,000 over last year, wrote JTA at the start of the Jewish New Year.
Israel has 6.9 million Jews and the United States has “about 6 million,” according to an estimate by the Jewish Agency for Israel.
France has the world’s third-largest Jewish community with 446,000 people, according to the report, followed by Canada at 393,000 and the United Kingdom with 292,000.
Ukraine was listed as having 43,000 Jews, which was vastly different than the 360,000 number provided by the European Jewish Congress and the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine. That would make it the country with the world’s fifth-largest Jewish community.
In Israel, some 6.94 million Jews constitute 74 percent of a population of 9.39 million, according to a separate statement by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
That’s an increase of 1.5 percent in the general population in Israel and a similar rise in the Jewish population over last year.
The Central Bureau of Statistics estimates that the population is expected to reach 10 million residents by the end of 2024.
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