Jews pray for forgiveness, or selichot, at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, a day before the Jewish New Year, Sept. 5, 2021
Jews pray for forgiveness, or selichot, at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, a day before the Jewish New Year, Sept. 5, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 via JTA)

The U.S. number of “about 6 million” in the Jewish Agency for Israel estimate diverges greatly from this year’s Pew survey on Jewish Americans.

The number of Jews worldwide stands at approximately 15.2 million compared to 15.1 million in 5781, according to newly released statistics by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Among the global Jewish population, the number of Jews in Israel is close to 6.9 million (compared to 6.8 million in 5781), while about 8.3 million live outside Israel (including around 6 million in the United States). 

The numbers include those who define themselves as Jews and who do not identify with another religion. When also including those who are eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, the world total rises to 25.3 million people, of which 7.3 million are in Israel and 18 million live outside Israel.

The percentage of Jews living in Israel out of all the Jews in the world stands at 45.3%, an increase of half a percent over the previous year. The estimated number of Jews in the United States increased by 300,000 following a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The U.S. estimates were corrected for previous years as well.

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