Bulgarian Jews in Israel

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Bulgarian Jews in Israel
Total population
75,000 (Bulgarian citizens)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Hebrew (Main language for all generations);
Older generation: Bulgarian

Bulgarian Jews in Israel are Jewish immigrants and descendants of the immigrants of the Bulgarian Jewish communities, who now reside within the state of Israel. They number around 75,000 in the wider definition,[citation needed] and 7,500 in the narrower scope (those with Bulgarian citizenship).[1]


After the establishment of the state of Israel, most of the Bulgarian Jewish population left for Israel, leaving only about a thousand Bulgarian Jews living in Bulgaria today (1,162 according to the 2011 census). According to Israeli government statistics, 43,961 people from Bulgaria emigrated to Israel between 1948 and 2006, making Bulgarian Jews in Israel the fourth largest group to come from a European country, after the Soviet Union, Romania and Poland.[2] The current population estimates are 48,900 Jews born or with a father born in Bulgaria or Greece. 32,000 Jews with a Bulgarian- or Greek-born father. 17,000 Bulgarian- and Greek-born Jews.[3]

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  1. ^ a b State agency for Bulgatian citizens abroad
  2. ^ "Immigrants by period if immigration, country of birth and last country of residence" (in Hebrew and English). The Central Bureau of Statistics (Israel). Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  3. ^ Statistical Abstract of Israel, 2009, CBS. "Table 2.24 – Jews, by country of origin and age" (PDF). Retrieved 22 March 2010.