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The global Jewish population grew by more than 88,000 people over the past year, and now stands at 13.75 million, according to a new study published y Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Though the huge number of simchas is a boon to the Jewish people, it pales in comparison to the growth rate of the rest of the world. While the Jewish population grew by 0.65% in 2012, the global population grew by almost double that – 1.26%.
According to the study, one out of every 514 people in the world is Jewish – less than 0.2% of the world population.
The report noted that the largest Jewish population in the world resides in Israel – 5.97 million, accounting for 43% of the world’s Jews. 5.46 million – 39% – live in the United States. The number of Jews living outside of Israel shrunk by over 10,000 people, due to intermarriage and aliyah.
Intermarriage is a significant factor in US Jewish population rates, due to the fact that over 50% of Jews who married in the last year married outside the faith.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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