World Jewish Population 2015 - Sergio DellaPergola (American Jewish Year Book)

Sponsor(s): American Jewish Year Book, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America, Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford, Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, University of Connecticut - Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

Principal Investigator(s): Sergio DellaPergola

Population Estimates:

The world's Jewish population was estimated at 14,310,500 at the beginning of 2015 by Sergio DellaPergola, an increase of 95,100 (0.67%) over the revised 2014 estimate by the author of 14,215,400 (the originally published 2014 estimate was 14,212,800).  Since the world's total population increased by 1.13% in 2014, DellaPergola noted that world Jewry increased at about half of the general world population growth rate.

Please note that several definitions of persons counting as Jewish are discussed by the author, including expanded definitions and core definitions.  Figure 3 (page 9 of the report) has an interesting and useful schematic summary of the definitional possibilities. 

• The core Jewish population estimate for the United States in 2015 is approximately 5,700,000, second to the Israel estimate of 6,217,400.  

• Table 3 (report page 19) provides several worldwide Jewish population estimates: core Jews, the population with Jewish parents, an enlarged Jewish population estimate, and a Law of Return Jewish population estimate.

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Please see the Links on the left for world Jewish population estimates from other years in the DataBank World Jewish Population series, including the American Jewish Year Book estimates from 1899-2008.

Key Findings:

DellaPergola's world Jewish population estimate was 14,310,500 at the beginning of 2015, an increase of 95,100 (0.67%) over the revised 2014 estimate by the author of 14,215,400.  Since the world's total population increased by 1.13% in 2014, DellaPergola noted that world Jewry increased at about half of the general world population growth rate.

• The core Jewish population estimate for the United States in 2015 is approximately 5,700,000, second to the Israel estimate of 6,217,400.  

• Table 3 (report page 19) provides several worldwide Jewish population estimates: core Jews, the population with Jewish parents, an enlarged Jewish population estimate, and a Law of Return Jewish population estimate.

The article presents data on world Jewish population in both graphic and tabular format - and places world Jewish population growth in the context of international migration, and other determinants of Jewish population change worldwide.   Approximately 90 pages with 13 main text tables, an appendix table and 6 Figures.

Study Notes:

This summary of World Jewish Population, 2015 is published as Current Jewish Population Reports, # 14, 2015 of the Berman Jewish DataBank at The Jewish Federations of North America, and is posted with permission of Springer, the current publisher of the American Jewish Year Book. This article, World Jewish Population 2015, derives from Chapter 7 of the American Jewish Year Book, 2015.  For more information about the American Jewish Year Book see the links on the left. 

Please note that persons with access to University libraries that offer Springer’s eBook Collection can obtain a soft cover copy or an electronic copy for $25.

Citing this Report
Springer is permitting the Berman Jewish DataBank to post this Report on line with open access, but requests that the citation be to the American Jewish Year Book itself: Sergio DellaPergola. “DellaPergola, Sergio. 2015. “World Jewish Population, 2015,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2015, Volume 115 (2015), (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 273-364. 

Following standard bibliographic practices, this could be followed by "...as found at the Berman Jewish DataBank: http://www.jewishdatabank.org/Studies/details.cfm?StudyID=803."

Language: English