Brooklyn might have the largest population of Russian Jews in the world. At a recent conference at Harvard, experts estimated the number of Russian Jews living in the U.S. somewhere between 500,000 and 750,000, the Jewish Daily Forward reports.
“By any account, the number of Russian-speaking Jews in the United States now probably exceeds those of Russia and Ukraine combined,” said Kliger, a sociologist who is director of Russian community affairs at AJC. “New York today is populated by more Russian Jews than any other place in the world.”
“It might seem obvious to those of us that live in Brooklyn’s southern stretches,” adds Ned Berke at Sheepshead Bites.
This is a touchy subject in academia, though. Experts at the Harvard conference argued not just about the numbers, but about who’s even Jewish—”particularly when many non-Jewish immigrants came as members of families that include Jews,” the Forward reports.