Ahead of Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Wednesday evening, the Central Bureau of Statistics publishes figures for the size of Jewish communities today, and on the eve of World War II. Some 14.5 million Jews live in the world today, the CBS says, including 6.4 million in Israel and roughly 5.7 million in the United States. The figures are for 2016.
That’s over two million fewer Jews who lived just before the Holocaust. That figure is estimated at some 16.6 million.