Turkish Jew in Israel

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Introduction / History

Jews began coming to Turkey during medieval times, many escaping persecution from countries like Spain. At the time, the Ottoman Empire ruled what would become Turkey. Although it was a Muslim empire, Jews were not persecuted, but they had to pay a tax. Today, on the other hand, Turkish Muslims have become anti-Semitic, leading many Jews to move to Israel, where they would be accepted.

Where Are they Located?

Immigrants from Turkey may live anywhere in Israel, but most probably live in the Northern part of Israel, which closer and thus easier to get to from Turkey.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Israel is a modern, first world country. In fact, it has more museums per capita than any other country in the world and some of the best healthcare. Most Israelis work 5-6 days a week, from 8 or 9 in the morning to 5 or 6 at night, and kids 5 to 13 years of age are required to go to school 6 days a week. They have a government very similar to that of Great Britain, with an elected parliament and a prime minister, who holds the most power.

What Are Their Beliefs?

As Jews, they believe the Bible up to the end of the Old Testament. Plus, they believe God promised the land of Israel to Abraham in the book of Genesis. More than one hundred years later, God set them free from Egyptian slavery through Moses, who gave them laws from God, which are recorded in the Bible and make up the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. Jews believe that salvation comes from strict obedience to these laws. In addition, they also believe in a Messiah to come who would set them free.

What Are Their Needs?

Of course, they need Jesus above all. In addition, Israel has had conflict with their Arab neighbors off and on ever since Israel became a nation in 1917, and they need wisdom and patience to do what is right and just when such problems arise. Also, missionaries will need to find a way to show tolerance for their beliefs while sharing the truth about Jesus at the same time. They fled to Turkey and then to Israel for the purpose of escaping religious persecution. When witnessing to them, we must be loving and Christ-like.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Turkish in Israel.

* For loving, compassionate missionaries to be sent to Israel and Turkey
* For peace to exist between Israelis and Arabs
* For Jesus to reveal Himself as the King of the Jews to Jews in Israel and around the world
* For Jews to discover that Jesus really is the Messiah they have been waiting for


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People Name General Jew, Turkish
People Name in Country Jew, Turkish
Natural Name Turkish Jew
Population this Country 47,000
Population all Countries 53,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20119
ROP3 Code 115960
Country Israel
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Israel
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Hebrew
Language Code heb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Ladino Turkish
Primary Language Hebrew
Language Code heb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Hebrew

Primary Language:  Hebrew

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1477-2010)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hebrew
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Biblica's Hebrew
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Modern Hebrew New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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