World Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust numbers at 15.2 million

On the eve of the Holocaust in 1939, the World Jewish population numbered 16.6 people.

Birkat Kohanim at the Western Wall in the shadow of coronavirus (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Birkat Kohanim at the Western Wall in the shadow of coronavirus
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The world Jewish population reached 15.2 million by the end of 2020 – approximately 1.4 million less than on the eve of the Holocaust in 1939, when the number was 16.6 million, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The countries with the most Jews are Israel with 6.9 million and the United States with six million.

The number of Jews in Israel has increased 10-fold since the establishment of the state in 1948 when there were 650,000 Jews in the country.

France has 445,000 Jews, a number that might have dwindled significantly if Marine Le Pen and won the presidential election, as many Jews had said they would leave France if she won.

The next nine countries with the most Jews are Canada, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Russia, and Germany and Australia, which are tied at numbers eight and nine, with 118,000 Jews each.

 JEWISH YOUTH from all over the world participate in the March of the Living visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, in Poland, in 2019 (credit: YOSSI ZELIGER/FLASH90) JEWISH YOUTH from all over the world participate in the March of the Living visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, in Poland, in 2019 (credit: YOSSI ZELIGER/FLASH90)

Of the Jews living in Israel, 5.4 million were born in Israel, and 1.5 million immigrated. Two-thirds of the Jews who made aliyah came from the US or Europe, and most of the rest came from Africa or Asia.