Jewish Communities

Jews are not a homogeneous people – there are substantial differences between Jewish communities in different parts of the world, although there are of course important elements in common, especially that they identify as being Jewish and have the same basic religious beliefs for their community.

The way in which a particular Jewish community differs from others stems most frequently from the local mileau, and in particular the influence of local customs and practices. For example, Jewish communities living in Arab lands adopted the dress of local Arabs, whereas Jewish communities living in European countries adopted an European style of dress.

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World map showing what percentage of each country's population is Jewish (map courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

World map showing what percentage of each country’s population is Jewish
(map courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

This section of our website has pages about the following Jewish communities:

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