World Jewish Population 2016 (DellaPergola, AJYB)

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:

DellaPergola's world Jewish population estimate was 14,410,700 at the beginning of 2016, an increase of 99,100 (0.69%) over the revised 2015 estimate by the author of 14,311,600.  Since the world's total population increased by 1.38% in 2015, DellaPergola noted that world Jewry continued to increase at about half of the general world population growth rate.

• The core Jewish population estimate for the United States in 2016 is approximately 5,700,000, second to the Israel estimate of 6,336,400.  

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 60 pages (plus 14 pages of bibliographic references) including 4 figures, 10 tables and an Appendix Table which provides detailed estimates by country for core and expanded Jewish person definitions..

Key Findings:

Population Estimates:

The world's core Jewish population was estimated at 14,410,700 at the beginning of 2016 by Sergio DellaPergola, an increase of 99,100 (0.69%) over the 2015 revised estimate by the author of 14,311,600.  Since the world's total population increased by 1.38% in 2015, 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 the core definition used for the report's estimates.  Figure 3 (page 11 of the report) has an interesting and useful schematic summary of multiple definitions of "Jewish," from the most restrictive Jewish-only by religion to the broadest Jewish by the Law of Return.

DellaPergola's core Jewish population comprised Jewish-only individuals either by religion or without a religion; partly Jewish persons, Jewish-connected individuals, etc., are not included in the core Jewish definition.  Core Jews "...includes all persons  who, when asked in a socio-demographic survey, identify themselves as Jews, or who are identified as Jews by a respondent in the same household, and do not profess another monotheistic religion."

• The core Jewish population estimate for the United States in 2016 is approximately 5,700,000, second to the Israel estimate of 6,336,400.  

• 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.

Study Notes:

This summary of World Jewish Population, 2016 is published as Current Jewish Population Reports, # 17, 2016 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 2016, derives from Chapter 17 of the American Jewish Year Book, 2016.

For more information about the American Jewish Year Book see the links on the left.  Hard bound and Kindle copies are available at www.amazon.com. Persons with access to University libraries that offer Springer’s eBook Collection can obtain a soft cover copy or an electronic copy.

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: “DellaPergola, Sergio. 2016. “World Jewish Population, 2016,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2016, Volume 116 (2016), (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 253-332.

Following standard bibliographic practices, this could be followed by "...as found at the Berman Jewish DataBank: http://www.jewishdatabank.org/Studies/details.cfm?StudyID=831."

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