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Most Klei Kodesh in Mexico today are from Argentina. In the same period, according to the study, the number of Jews in Israel would likely double, swelling to 10 million.

The study also anticipated a severe decline in the number of Jews in the former Soviet Union.

Some 150 Iraqi Jews have managed to leave the country in the past five years, leaving just 38 Jews in Baghdad, and a handful in the Kurdish-controlled northern areas of the country. Whereas Baghdad once had 53 active synagogues, only one remains open.

Amazingly, Saddam Hussein's regime has in recent years shown reasonable tolerance toward the Jewish community, even refurbishing the tombs of Yechezkiel Hanavi and Ezra Ha Sofer (also considered sacred by Muslims), as well as that of Yonah.

Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami, a principal architect of the 2000 National Jewish Population Survey, which is currently under way, called the recent projections "a great starting point for discussion." But, he added: "Think if this were the year 1900, what could we have predicted? As an example, in 1975 there were 480 Chabad institutions worldwide. Or take the number of Yeshivas and Kollelim that have been established outside of North America and Israel in the last ten years.Russia Population beginning to stabilize due to a developing economy and the Israeli security situation.However, together with all CIS countries, still experiencing emigration.Largest current exodus is to Germany, followed by Israel and the USA. However, replenished by immigration from other Latin American countries to Mexico.Those leaving are much wealthier than those coming, though immigration to Mexico has positively impacted on its Judaism.