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.
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.
Jewish identity is threatened when a Jew acknowledges Jesus as his or her Messiah.
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.
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.
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 Jewish, Israeli in Canada.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Jewish, Israeli|
|People Name in Country||Jewish, Israeli|
|Natural Name||Israeli Jewish|
|Alternate Names||Israeli Jew|
|Population this Country||22,000|
|Population all Countries||5,623,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Toronto (North York) Source: Global Gates 2021|
Primary Language: Hebrew
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2010)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online Audio Scripture||Talking Bibles|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Hebrew||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||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video||Mars Hill Media|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Hebrew||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Hebrew||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|