|106,839 - 150,000|
|Regions with significant populations|
|New York City Metropolitan Area, Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, Miami Metropolitan Area, and other large metropolitan areas|
|American English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian|
Israelis began migrating to the United States shortly after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. Thus, during the 1950s 21,376 Israeli immigrants came to the US and the 1960s saw 30,911 Israeli immigrants, often seen as the first wave of Israeli immigration to the United States when 52,278 Israelis emigrated to the US according to US Immigration data. A second wave of modest immigration continued with a total of 36,306 Israelis during 1970 to 1979, 43,669 in 1980 to 1989, 41,340 in 1990 to 1999 and 54,801 in 2000 to 2009. Since 2010 Israeli migration to the U.S. and has continued at around four thousand a year since. The number of Israeli-born immigrants in the United States is estimated by demographers to be close to one hundred forty thousand, while the number of Israeli immigrants in the US is an issue that has been debated by laymen to be much larger, a phenomenon of overestimation of co-ethnic population common to many ethnic communities.
Israeli immigration to the United States developed during the 1980s and 1990s due to a number of reasons, including the war between Israelis and Palestinians and high taxes and lack of housing available in their homeland. Also, the acquisition of aspects of American culture (especially fashion and entertainment) in Israel caused many Israelis to want to have the economic and educational opportunities of the United States.
Since the declaration of the state of Israel, and until today many Israelis emigrated to the United States. According to the 2000 census estimated that as many as 106,839 Israelis live in the United States nowadays, while other unsourced estimates say the number is much higher, around 500,000. A considerable numbers of Israelis, estimated broadly from 200,000 to three times that figure, have moved abroad in the recent decades. In 2012, a Global Religion and Migration Database constructed by the Pew Research Center showed that there were a total of 330,000 native-born Israelis, including 230,000 Jews, living around the world, approximately 4% of Israel's native-born Jewish population. Based on current estimates of Israeli-born Jewish migrants to the U.S. of 140 thousand, two thirds of Jewish Israeli native emigrants have settled in the U.S. and the remaining third in Canada, Europe, South America, South Africa and the remainder of the world. Reasons for emigration vary, but generally relate to a combination of economic and political concerns.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development calculated an 'expatriate rate' of 2.9 persons per thousand, putting Israel in the mid-range of expatriate rates among the 175 OECD countries examined in 2005.
The New York City metropolitan area has now become by far the leading metropolitan gateway for Israeli immigrants legally admitted into the United States, with the Los Angeles metropolitan area now in a distant second place. Within the United States, as of April 2013, Israeli airline El Al operated from John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, both in the New York City metropolitan area, as well as from Los Angeles International Airport. The New York City metropolitan area is home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel, and the city proper contains the largest Jewish community in the world.
Israeli Americans By Generations
Based on the 2013 Pew American Jewry Survey  estimate base on Jews by religion/no religion/Jewish background who were born in Israel/Palestine is 140,0000 nationally. The Israeli-born American Jews had 40 thousand children under age 18 in their US households. Another estimated 170 thousand Jewish adults not born in Israel have one or both parent who were born in Israel/Palestine and these adults have an estimated 200 thousand children under age 18 who have an Israeli-born grandparent. An Additional 60 thousand American Jews reported that they had once “lived in Israel.”
"A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews p" (PDF), Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project (Pew Research Center): 197, retrieved May 16, 2015
Israeli Americans by state
|Percent Israeli American
|Georgia (U.S. state)||13||1,149||0.0%|
|District of Columbia||-||229||0.0%|
Culture and organizations
Various Israeli-American communities have their own newspapers which are printed in Hebrew, arrange their own cultural, entertainment and art events (including celebrations of the Israeli independence day which usually takes place in Israeli-American demographic centers) and some have the Israeli Network channel which consists of a selection of Live broadcasts as well as reruns of Israeli television news broadcasts, entertainment programs and Israeli sport events.
Relationship with American Jews
Israeli Americans are generally seen as having less interaction with the non-Israeli Jewish American community and its institutions, often preferring to maintain ties of association with other Israeli Americans. In return, Jewish Americans, especially religious Jewish Americans, tend to maintain little contact with the Israeli American community besides participation in religious ceremonies. At one point, religious American Jews viewed "yordim" as being the antithesis of the Jewish people's "eternal hope" of return and permanent settlement in Israel, but now consider them an important sub-group within the broader American Jewish community. 75% of Israeli Americans marry within the Jewish community (as opposed to about 50% of non-Israeli Jewish Americans).
Notable Israeli Americans
- It is estimated[by whom?] that 400,000–800,000 Israeli Jews have immigrated to the United States since the 1950s, though this number remains a contested figure, since many Israelis are originally from other countries and may list their origin countries when arriving in the United States. Also, there are many Israelis who live in the U.S. but do not have an American citizenship, therefore they aren't counted in this figure
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