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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.
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.
In 1939, there were 17 million Jews in the world, and by 1945 only 11 million.
While in the 13 years following the Holocaust the Jewish population grew by one million, it took another 38 years for it to grow another million.
South Africa - now between 88,000 and 65,000, down from a peak of 120,000 or possibly more.
Immigration primarily to: Sydney, Melbourne, Atlanta, Toronto, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Israel and to a lesser degree London, Manchester, Perth and New Zealand.
The Jews from Arab Moslem countries went in the main to Israel, but not always.
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.These sobering figures reflect how severely Jewish population growth has slowed down over the past 40 years.Even a fertility increase of 0.4% will add millions of Jews over the next 50 years. As we know, the distribution of the Jewish population now is completely different from before WW II.(The Algerian Jews had French citizenship already in Algeria and had automatic rights of immigration to France.) The vitality of Orthodoxy in France today is largely a result of these immigrants, giving France a high kiruv potential to this day.Many people do not realize how large and vital the Jewish populations of these Moslem-Arab countries were, with our historical consciousness swamped by Holocaust and pre-Holocaust literature.By 2080, the data suggested, the Jewish community there would be virtually non-existent.