Abstract and Keywords
American Judaism is a major element of global Judaism. Aside from Israel, more Jews live in North America than anywhere else in the world. Forty-one percent of the thirteen million Jews worldwide live in the United States, and approximately six percent live elsewhere in the Americas. According to 2005 estimates, 372,000 lived in Canada, 185,000 in Argentina, and 213,000 elsewhere in Latin America. After the United States and Israel, the next largest Jewish population center, France, can claim less than four percent of the worldwide Jewish population. Of the other ninety countries around the world in which Jews live (down from 200 countries a century ago), only seven have a Jewish population that is greater than one percent of the worldwide Jewish population. The history of Judaism in the United States is in many ways an account of Jewish ambivalence about the homogenizing tendencies of both nationalism and globalism.
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