Switzerland
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The eighteen thousand Jews of Switzerland represent about 0.2 percent of the total population. Swiss Jewry has always been overwhelmingly Ashkenazi, but immigration of Jews from North Africa and the Middle East has changed the shape of the communities of Geneva and Lausanne in the French-speaking part of the country. While a few Turkish Jews settled in these areas in the early twentieth century, significant numbers of Jews from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq arrived in the 1950s and 1960s. According to rough estimates, Jews of Sephardi and Mi…

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Brigitte Sion, “Switzerland”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 October 2017
First published online: 2010



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