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Some 150 Iraqi Jews have managed to leave the country in the past five years, leaving just 38 Jews in Baghdad, and a handful in the Kurdish-controlled northern areas of the country. Whereas Baghdad once had 53 active synagogues, only one remains open.Amazingly, Saddam Hussein's regime has in recent years shown reasonable tolerance toward the Jewish community, even refurbishing the tombs of Yechezkiel Hanavi and Ezra Ha Sofer (also considered sacred by Muslims), as well as that of Yonah.
The Algerian Jews, and also considerable numbers of Moroccans (75,000) and Tunisians (80,000), especially the more wealthy ones, went to France, doubling the French community from 300,000 to 600,000 overnight and creating a large Sephardic presence.In 2001, 8 countries had a Jewish population of 100,000 or more; another 5 countries had 50,000 or more.There is not a single Diaspora country where Jews amounted to 2.5 percent of the total population. Gibraltar (24.), United States (20.1), Canada (11.9), France (8.8), Uruguay (6.7), Argentina (5.3), Hungary (5.2), and Australia (5.1)What this means is that 90% of world Jewry is contained in only 6 countries. South Africa and Australia, also English speaking, are also reckoned in the first 14 countries.A number of these countries would make it to the top ten in numbers, were they to exist today.Morocco had 285,000 Jews, Iraq 140,000, Algeria 135,000, Iran 120,000 and Tunisia an estimated 105,000. Libya, which was down to 20 Jews in 1974, had a population of 48,000 in 1948. Of these, possibly the most tragic was Iraq, for the community there had a direct lineage back to the original exile in Babylonia.The other major language groupings are Hebrew, Russian, French and Spanish.
Considered in isolation, without reference to the kiruv potential or finances of different places, demographics would require that these are the countries on which the lions share of outreach efforts ought to be focused.By 2080, the data suggested, the Jewish community there would be virtually non-existent.Among the study's conclusions was that Israel would be home to the world's largest Jewish community as early as 2020, and the majority of the world's Jews by 2050.Russia Population beginning to stabilize due to a developing economy and the Israeli security situation.However, together with all CIS countries, still experiencing emigration.Most Klei Kodesh in Mexico today are from Argentina. In the same period, according to the study, the number of Jews in Israel would likely double, swelling to 10 million.