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A Jewish Revival?

Demography, migration patterns, and more

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Yesterday, The Economist published a chart mapping Jewish migration patterns of the last century from different regions of the world. It came up with the astonishing statistic (maybe just astonishing to me) that 81% of the world’s Jews now live in either the United States or Israel. It’s something you know, but then you see the number and it baffles.

What also grabbed me were the first few words of the text above the chart, which are a teaser for the next issue of the magazine:

JUDAISM is enjoying an unexpected revival….

You could also pick a bone with how casually the introduction mentions Jewish emigration from North Africa and the Middle East in 1948 without naming the cause, but that all aside, I have to ask: Are we in the midst of a Jewish revival? Assimilation rates and data about intermarriage give a different impression.

So what does a revival look like?

Mapping Judaism [Economist]

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oaklandj says:

I’m a convert and will be raising my (adopted) daughter Jewish, so that’s 2 more. :)

Considering how difficult it is to register religion in Western countries where so many Jews live and the JPPPI thinks that 10-12 million Americans qualify under the Law of Return for Aliyah, the chances are this 13.58 million number is actually low.

Nanush says:

The majority of Jewish children in the world now live in Israel, which will make the Diaspora increasingly marginal to the future of the Jewish people.
According to the last population study of greater NY, home to 1/3 of America’s Jews, a whopping 74% of Jewish children are Orthodox. The rest choose not to reproduce.

how did the Jewish population grow by 5 or 6 million from 1900 to 1939?


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