On the eve of Rosh Hashanah: Israel’s population grows to 9.39 Million

September 6, 2021 by TPS
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Israel’s population stands at 9,391,000 on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and grew by 146,000 over the past year, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) annual pre-Rosh Hashanah report on Israel’s population shows.

Blowing shofar to herald in the Jewish New Year. Credit: Pixabay

The two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins on Monday evening and begins the Jewish year 5782.

The population had grown by 1.6% over the past 12 months, a growth rate a bit lower than previous years.

The average birthrate stood at 2.9 children per woman.

The total population is comprised of 6.943 million Jews (74 %), 1.982 million Arabs – including Muslims and Christians (21%), and 466,000 residents of other minorities and religions (5%).

According to CBS projections, Israel’s population will pass the 10 million mark in 2024, the 15 million mark at the end of 2048 and the 20 million mark at 2065.

Some 172,000 Israeli couples welcomed a new child into the world this year. About 48,000 Israelis passed away, 5,891of them from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Jewish State this year welcomed 20,000 Olim (immigrants) to the Holy Land, despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related limitations and lockdowns.

According to CBS data, 44.8% of Jews in the country define themselves as secular, 20.5% consider themselves marginally observant, 12.5% are partially religious, 11.7% are religious and 10% are ultra-Orthodox.

An Israeli male’s life expectancy is 80.7 years, while a female in Israel lives an average of 84.8 years, one of the world’s highest.

The common cause of death in Israel is cancer (25.5%) followed by heart disease (14.5%).

An overwhelming majority, 90.3%, said they were satisfied with life, including 80.6% among Arabs.


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