World's Jewish population is getting back to where was pre-Holocaust
By ALEXIS BENVENISTE
In the most recent annual report to the Israeli Cabinet, the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) reported that numerically, the global Jewish population is almost back to where it was pre-Holocaust. In fact, JPPI estimated that there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world.
In terms of the logistics of breaking down the population, when people who identify as partially Jewish and people with one Jewish parent are accounted for, the number comes out closer to 16.5 million. According to the Associated Press, the global Jewish population at the outbreak of World War II in 1939 was almost exactly 16.5 million as well.
After the Holocaust, the Jewish population was reduced to 10 million worldwide. These numbers are astronomical when considering the history of the Jews and the approximated 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.
With a Jewish population of 6.1 million and one of the highest fertility rates of any country in the world, Israel has served as a huge factor in the rise of the Jewish population.
Another huge factor of the rise in the Jewish population is the amount of people who identify as being Jewish. The president of JPPI, Avinoam Bar-Yosef said that more jews are identifying themselves as being Jewish because it is more "respectable" in the US today.
It's important to note that this population number also includes non-religious Jews which have a population of about one million. It also includes 350,000 Israelis who emigrated from the Soviet Union and are not recognized by Israel as being Jewish.
On a nationwide scale, Judaism currently has the largest non-Christian population in the US at 5.7 million, but that ranking is expected to change by 2050 when Muslims are expected to be the largest non-Christian religious demographic in the US.
While the Jewish population currently makes up an estimated 1.9 percent of the U.S. population, it is estimated to make up 1.4 percent of the population in 2050.
Evidently, there is hope for the growing Jewish population, though. The JPPI reported that a record 59% of young American adults who only have one Jewish parent are now categorizing themselves as Jewish.
Click through the slideshow below to see some of the Holocaust survivors who have helped keep the Jewish legacy alive: