Bar-Ilan University Futurist Predicts
Doubling of Israel's Jewish Population by Mid-Century
New York, NY – Within the next 35 years, Israel will have approximately 12 million Jews out of 18 million Jews worldwide. This prediction was made by Bar-Ilan University (BIU) Prof. David Passig, a futurist and author of the best-selling books The Future Code and 2048, during his recent visit to New York City.
Prof. Passig said, "The Jewish population worldwide will be back to pre-Holocaust numbers by 2050. It will take us about a century to recover from the Holocaust." He added, "By 2050, two-thirds of world Jewry will be in Israel. This will change the nature of world Jewry, Judaism as a whole, and the Jewish religion."
Bucking an international population trend that predicts a worldwide population crash towards the end of the century, Israel's population is expected to grow to 24 million people by the year 2100, according to a United Nations report. If this does come to pass, it will be the only country in the world to triple its population by the end of the century.
According to Passig, this tremendous growth of Israel's population will have significant implications for what exactly a democratic Jewish state will mean…It will bring about another mindset. We can already begin to see the beginning of these challenges in early part of the 21st century, as we see the seeds of confrontation growing within Israel as it grapples with being a democratic Jewish state with large minorities."
At BIU, Passig teaches systems theories, future methodologies and technological, social and educational futures at the Graduate School of Education. He was interviewed before an American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) outreach event hosted by Wolf, Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP in New York City.