Israeli Jew in Canada


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Introduction / History

There have been many waves of persecution of Jewish people in Europe. Some have fled to Israel, while others go to the United States or Canada. Jewish people have established themselves in Israel, mainly since 1948. Though they are free from persecution in Israel, life is always a struggle for Israelis. Everyone must serve in the military, and there is always the danger of indiscriminate terrorist violence. Some have decided that it’s better to live as a religious minority in a peaceful land like Canada. Israeli Jews in Canada usually live in the cities of Montreal, Vancouver or Ontario.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Israeli Jews of Canada work in various trades and professions. They are very well represented in small and middle-sized businesses, the communication industry, medicine, law, and accounting. While maintaining a Jewish identity, the majority of Canadian Jews conform to the mainstream culture. "Jewishness" is often defined in more secular terms such as the use of Yiddish words and family traditions, rather than in religious aspects, such as the following of Jewish laws regarding dietary restrictions.


At 13, the Bar Mitzvah ceremony for a boy (or Bat Mitzvah for a girl) is an important rite of passage, which marks him or her as an adult member of the community. While these ceremonies were more spiritually focused in the past, they have become equally important as social events.


Marriage and family relationships among Israeli Jews are much the same as other Canadians. Although Israeli wives take on their husbands’ surnames, Jewish identity is traced through the mother. If one’s mother is a Jew, then he is, according to Jewish law, Jewish.


Most Israelis are secular, so they look at Jewishness first from the point of nationalism and ethnic identity and less from the point of view of religion or spirituality. Canadian Jews are much more religious than the Israeli Jews among them. Israelis see Canadian Jews as too formal, cold and standoffish.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many Jewish people 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.


Reform Jews do not believe that God reveals the Jewish Law. 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 keep cultural Judaism, but they have rejected the spiritual elements taught in the Old Testament. They might take part in cultural events and even religious ceremonies, but they are secular or New Age in their spiritual lives.


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.


Prayer Points

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


Pray for the Lord to move among Jewish leaders in Canada to open the doors to Christ’s ambassadors.


Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Israeli in Canada.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-05-09
People Name General Jew, Israeli
People Name in Country Jew, Israeli
Natural Name Israeli Jew
Pronunciation iz-RAIL-ee joo
Population this Country 22,000
Population all Countries 5,482,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Israeli Jew
People ID 12267
ROP3 Code 104088
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto.   Source:  Global Gates 2021

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Primary Language Hebrew (22,000 speakers)
Language Code heb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hebrew (22,000 speakers)
Language Code heb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hebrew
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hebrew
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hebrew
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.25 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
34.50 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
15.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
2.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
32.0 %
Photo Source Paul Arps - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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