Jewish, Turkish in Türkiye (Turkey)

Jewish, Turkish
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People Name: Jewish, Turkish
Country: Türkiye (Turkey)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,500
World Population: 50,500
Primary Language: Turkish
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Jewish
Affinity Bloc: Jewish
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The history of the Jews in Turkey covers about 2400 years. In the Ottoman Empire, the situation of the Jews was tied to the Sultan's whims. For example, Murad III wanted non-Muslims to be submissive and poor. He forbade non-Muslims from living near the mosque.
Turkish Jews form one of the main non-Muslim communities in Turkey. With the establishment of the state of Israel, there remains only a small Jewish community in Turkey. Migration to Israel increased when there were signs of hostility towards Jews. In 1948, with the establishment of the State of Israel, Jewish immigration from Turkey increased. Jewish people are strong advocates of Israel-Turkey relations.
According to the World Jewish Congress, 95% of the Jews in Turkey live in Istanbul Izmir and smaller groups live in Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Canakkale, Iskenderun and K?rklareli.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Anti-Semitism is quite common in Turkey. Antisemitism is generally seen in books, newspapers, and magazines. Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul was attacked at least four times. Some Jewish people hide their names.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most believe in Judaism. A few have left their religion and became secularized.

What Are Their Needs?

Jewish people in Turkey need the protection of the Lord. They also need hearts that are open to hearing and responding to the gospel.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Turkish Jews to find Christ and their rock and redeemer.
Pray for loving gospel workers to take Christ to Jewish people in Turkey.
Pray for the Turkish people to have the spiritual hunger it takes to question their Islamic beliefs.

Text Source:   Joshua Project