Spanish-speaking Jew in Colombia


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Introduction / History

There was a time when Spain was home to a thriving Jewish community. Jewish people were contributing to Spain’s culture and economy. Some called it a Golden Age for the Jewish community. Most of these Jews spoke Ladino. This is a dialect of Castilian Spanish, with Hebrew and Turkish elements. Then came the Alhambra Decree in 1492, which gave Spain’s Jewish population the choice of conversion to Roman Catholicism, expulsion or death. A small number remained in Spain and "converted" to the Catholic religion. Most of them left the country, often settling in Mexico or South American countries like Colombia. Most of the Colombian Jews live in Bogota, the capital city, though some also live in Cali, Barranquilla and Medellin.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jewish people have nine synagogues in Colombia. There are an even number of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish people in this nation. The Sephardic Jews have their roots in Spain and Portugal. Their heart language, Ladino, is a dialect of Castilian Spanish with some Hebrew and Turkish words mixed in. Their population is diminishing as more of them emigrate to Miami, and other parts of the United States.


What Are Their Beliefs?

For religious Jews, God is the Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe, and the ultimate judge of human affairs. Beyond this, the religious beliefs of the Jewish communities vary greatly. Orthodox Jews generally follow the traditional religious beliefs and practices found in the Jewish literature that interprets Scripture regarding ethical, religious, civil, and criminal matters. In Colombia, there are people who are converting to Orthodox Judaism, often people from an Evangelical background.


Reform Jews do not believe that the Jewish Law is divinely revealed. They are not restricted to kosher foods. They neither wear the skullcap (yarmulke) when praying nor use Hebrew in prayer. All religious Jews believe in the coming of a Messianic Age, but only the Orthodox Jews look for a personal Messiah.


Many Jewish people today retain cultural Judaism, but they have rejected the spiritual elements taught in the Old Testament. They might participate in cultural events and even religious ceremonies, but they are either secular or New Age in their spiritual lives. This is a description of most of the Jewish population in Colombia.


What Are Their Needs?

Jewish people have a wonderful understanding of their connection with the Abrahamic Covenant. However, they also have a history of rejecting Jesus Christ as Messiah, the one who has fulfilled that covenant. They tend to view Christianity as the religion of their oppressors rather than the fulfillment of what God promised all of humanity through Abraham centuries ago. This is especially true for those in the Spanish speaking world.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to give the Jewish people in Colombia hearts that will want to please him. May they look to the Lord for guidance and truth, and not be satisfied with cultural traditions.


Pray for Jewish people in Colombia to begin a movement to Jesus Christ, finding ways to exalt him while honoring their culture.


Pray for the Lord to raise up loving, patient ambassadors to go to the Spanish speaking Jews.


Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Spanish-speaking in Colombia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jew, Spanish-speaking
People Name in Country Jew, Spanish-speaking
Natural Name Spanish-speaking Jew
Pronunciation SPAE-nish joo
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 285,000
Total Countries 15
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hakitia; Ladino; Spanish Jew
People ID 15080
ROP3 Code 109538
Country Colombia
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Colombia
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Spanish (2,100 speakers)
Language Code spa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Spanish (2,100 speakers)
Language Code spa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Spanish

Primary Language:  Spanish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1514-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1543-1999)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1553-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Judaism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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