Published On: December 7th, 2023Categories: ReligionTags: , , , , , , , , ,

The 10 Best Cities for Jewish Expats (Outside Israel)

The 10 Best Cities for Jewish Expats (Outside Israel)

There are a number of factors that can influence Jewish emigration patterns. These include economic opportunities, political stability, religious freedom, and social acceptance. If you’ve considered leaving the U.S. recently, moving to Israel (Aliyah) is always an option. Outside of the United States and Israel, here are our top 10 choices of cities for Jewish expats: 

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

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Jews have been living in Buenos Aires since the early 16th century, and today it is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America. Some of the famous synagogues found here include the Templo Libertad and the Congregación Israelita de la República Argentina. The Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) is a Jewish community center that provides a wide range of services to the Jewish community, including social, cultural, and educational programs.  

São Paulo, Brazil 

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São Paulo, Brazil is home to the second-largest Jewish community in Latin America, after Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an estimated 120,000 Jews living here. The largest Jewish sports and social club in the world, The Hebraica, is located here with over 80,000 members. The Jewish organization The Federação Israelita do Estado de São Paulo (FIEP) and The Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (considered one of the best hospitals in South America) also call São Paulo home.  

Toronto, Canada 

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Toronto is home to over 200,000 Jews, making it the largest Jewish community in Canada. Jewish life in Toronto is thriving, throughout a number of neighborhoods, including Kensington Market, Forest Hill, Bathurst Manor, and Thornhill, with a number of Jewish organizations in the city that work to support social causes, both in Toronto and around the world. There are also several Jewish day schools and yeshivas in the city, as well as many Jewish adult education programs. 

London, United Kingdom 

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London is a diverse and tolerant city, which embraces its Jewish community. London has the largest Jewish community in the United Kingdom, with some of the most well-known Jewish neighborhoods including Golders Green, Hendon, and Edgware. There are many cultural institutions that cater to the Jewish community in London, including museums, theaters, and art galleries, and many Jewish festivals and events taking place throughout the year. 

Panama City, Panama 

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Panama is becoming one of the top destinations for Jewish expats to move to because of the warm tropical climate and the quality of modern living at an affordable price point. Panama’s numerous Orthodox synagogues are located throughout Panama City. Kosher food, catering, and ritual services are readily available and said to be rivaled only by Israel and the United States. 

Berlin, Germany 

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Berlin has become a welcoming and vibrant place for Jewish people to live. The German government and the city of Berlin have taken strong measures to combat anti-Semitism and promote tolerance and understanding. The city is home to a number of famous synagogues, including the Neue Synagoge and the Rykestraße Synagogue. Berlin is a thriving, modern city and center for business, art, and education, that offers a high quality of life. 

Melbourne, Australia 

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Melbourne has about the same number of Jewish residents as Sydney, Australia, but is considered to be a more tight-knit community and less spread out throughout this large, multicultural city. Melbourne is home to a number of famous synagogues, including the Beth Weizmann Synagogue and the St Kilda Synagogue. Melbourne is also a major cultural center, with a rich variety of Jewish organizations, clubs, and societies, as well a home to the newspaper: The Australian Jewish News. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands 

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Amsterdam has a strong Jewish community with around 15,000 members; containing a wide range of Jewish institutions and activities available to residents, including famous synagogues, like the Hollandsche Schouwburg and the Portuguese Synagogue, schools, kosher restaurants, and community centers. The Netherlands is a tolerant and inclusive country, and this is reflected in its attitude towards its Jewish population, with Jews feeling safe and welcome here. There are also many job opportunities in Amsterdam, particularly in the fields of finance, technology, and healthcare. 

Mexico City, Mexico 

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Mexico City has the largest Jewish population in Mexico, with an estimated 65,000 to 75,000 Jews residing in the city, which accounts for approximately 75% of the total Jewish population in Mexico. Mexico is a secular country that guarantees religious freedom for all its citizens; thus, Jews are free to practice their religion without fear of discrimination or persecution. Mexico City is a very diverse city, and there is a strong sense of tolerance for different cultures and religions; Jews are accepted as part of the fabric of Mexican society here. In fact, the city’s Jewish mayor (Claudia Sheinbaum, pictured) recently left her office there to run for president.

Cape Town, South Africa 

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Cape Town has a Jewish population of around 16,000 (making it the largest Jewish community in South Africa), with a strong network of Jewish organizations and institutions in the city providing support and resources to Jewish residents. Cape Town has a thriving Jewish cultural scene, with a variety of synagogues (including the Great Synagogue and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue), schools, theaters, restaurants, and cultural events. A strong sense of community can be found in Cape Town, where Jews from all over the world feel comfortable living and working, and quick to make new friends. 

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Trent has a BA and BBA from Eastern Michigan University with concentrations in marketing and German. He's passionate about traveling internationally and learning foreign languages. Trent has studied French, German, Dutch, and Spanish, and hopes to learn Polish and Catalán someday as well. He's scouting Spain in early 2024 and hoping to move to Barcelona or another large city in 2024 or 2025. Trent enjoys supporting creators on TikTok and can often be found in the live Expatsi chats.