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Judaism in the World

World Jewry
  • Joint Distribution Committee: Uniting World Jewry The JDC is committed to the rescue of Jews at risk, relief of those in dire need, and renewal of Jewish community life,
  • The Jewish Diaspora Beginning in 586 BCE, the Jewish diaspora has led to great diversity within the Jewish people, but a longing for return to the land of Israel has characterized Judaism for over a millennium
  • Demographic Trends The Holocaust spurred one of the most significant shifts in demography in Jewish history, moving its center from Eastern Europe to the United States and Israel
  • Ethnic Divisions Among Jews Although considered one single self-identifying ethnicity, there are distinct ethnic divisions among Jews, most of which are primarily the result of geographic branching from an originating Israelite population, and subsequent independent evolutions
  • Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrachi Jews This website articulates the religious and cultural distinctions among the three main ethnic groups of Jews

Jewish Communities of the World
  • Ethiopian Jewry This article provides a history of the Ethiopian Jewish community, including its relationship with the larger Jewish community and the state of Israel
  • Iranian Jewry Iran remains home to the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside of Israel as home to approximately 20,000 Jews
  • Jews of the Former Soviet Union For Jews in the former Soviet Union, being Jewish is "cool," intermarriage is not considered problematic, and Zionism is not a significant factor in their Jewish identity, according to a study on the Jews of Russia and Ukraine
  • Latin American Jewry Originating with the journey of Christopher Columbus, the Jewish community in Latin America today numbers approximately 500,000 people.
  • American Jewry This website shares significant documents illuminating the American Jewish experience
  • European Jewry Judaism in Europe has a long history, beginning in the Roman Empire period as Jews displaced after the Bar Kokhba revolt (135 CE) and were dispersed throughout the Empire.

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