NEW YORK (Sep. 28)
A comprehensive study of Jewish communities in 64 countries was published today by the World Jewish Congress here. The stui, prepared by Dr. Isaac I. Schwarzbart, head of the WJC’s organization department, contains up-to-date information on the history, structure and character of Jewish communities in the Western world, as well as in such far-flung areas as Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Finland, Bolivia and the Belgian Congo.
The survey reveals that 75 percent of the world’s 11,500, 000 Jews live in three countries: the United States, Soviet Russia and Israel. Two of these three major centers–the Jewries of the U.S.A. and of the State of Israel–Dr. Schwarzbart declares, form great constructive laboratories of Jewishness, thus ensuring a continuation of the identity of the Jewish people. The third of the three Jewish centers, Soviet Russia, is a place where Jewishness is being completely wiped out, according to Dr. Schwarzbart.
The study also points out that another 2,100,000 Jews, or about 19 percent of the Jewish people, live in nine countries. The remaining six percent of Jews are scattered in nations throughout the world.