Serbian-speaking Jewish in Serbia

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The presence of Serbian Jews can be traced back thousands of years to Roman times. Serbian Jews have been recognized throughout their history in Serbia for their participation in various wars in this region. Their lives remained stable in times between wars, but during the Holocaust they were put into prison camps where they were used as forced labor.
There is a Jewish presence in Serbia, mainly in Novi Sad and Belgrade.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, some are involved in political and national affairs. Serbian speaking Jewish people are struggling to survive as a community as many are moving out of the country. The remaining Serbian speaking Jewish people are having trouble gathering enough people to celebrate the Shabbat and other events as a community. They somehow maintain a Jewish choir, dance corps and a book club.

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. European Jews are extremely diverse in religious practice. The Ashkenazic Jews are the most prevalent, representing the Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform movements. The unusual and adamantly traditional Hasidic movement was born in Poland and has gained a strong following in the United States and Israel. The Sephardic denomination is like the Orthodox Ashkenazic but is more permissive on dietary rules and some religious practices. Each Jewish denomination maintains synagogues and celebrates the traditional Jewish holiday calendar. While most European Jews are religiously affiliated, there is a significant minority which is not religious.

What Are Their Needs?

Jewish people often don’t give Jesus a chance because of abuse by Christians. They need loving ambassadors of Christ to go to them. Audio and visual gospel literature and a complete Bible are available in the Serbian language. There is potential for outreach among Jewish Serbians, perhaps through occupational or relational connections.

Prayer Points

Pray for a movement to Jesus Christ among Serbian Jews in Serbia.
Pray that Jewish hearts would respond to the love of Christ through Jesus followers as they engage in everyday life together.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Serbian-speaking Jews hearts that are soft toward their messiah.

Scripture Prayers for the Jewish, Serbian-speaking in Serbia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jewish, Serbian-speaking
People Name in Country Jewish, Serbian-speaking
Natural Name Serbian-speaking Jewish
Pronunciation SUR-bee-un joo
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,400
Population all Countries 2,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19244
ROP3 Code 115651
ROP25 Code 303368
ROP25 Name Jewish
Country Serbia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Serbia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Jewish, Serbian-speaking in Serbia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Judaism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Serbian (1,400 speakers)
Language Code srp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Serbian (1,400 speakers)
Language Code srp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Serbian

Primary Language:  Serbian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1564-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1563-1997)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1804-2015)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Serbian Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Serbian YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Serbian YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Map Source People Group location: World Jewish Congress, Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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