World Jewry, numbering approximately 14.5 million, is comprised of two main nuclei: the State of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. While the Jewish world functions as one family, it is not immune to challenges and disagreements. Differences in lifestyle, ideology, and even interpretation of the Jewish faith are the subjects of regular debate. Living outside Israel and the USA is the balance of the Jewish Diaspora – 17% of the Jews in the world — dispersed across more isolated communities in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.
Strikingly, despite the geographical and philosophical distance separating between them, contemporary Jewry still remains united around a common foundational legacy. Its fidelity to core principles dating back thousands of years has ensured Jewish solidarity in the face of adversity. This cohesion manifests itself in a number of ways, including fundamental support for the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish People and a communal infrastructure that supports the interests of Jews in their respective countries of residence.