The sabra plant is similar to a prickly pear. It has thorns on the outside, but it’s sweet and tender on the inside. This is an informal description that has stuck with the Israelis. They are often referred to as Sabras or Sabra Israelis.
Jewish people have established themselves in Israel, mainly since 1948. Though they are free from persecution in Israel, life is always a struggle. 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 the United States. Others have come to the United States because they are enamored with American pop culture, because of high taxes or the lack of housing in Israel. The number of Israelis in the US has increased since the 1980s.
Most Sabra Israelis live either in New York City or Los Angeles. There is a smaller community in Miami.
Sabra Jewish immigrants in the US try to maintain Jewish schools and other institutions. Sabras have established newspapers and satellite broadcasts in Hebrew. In Israel they tend to be secular, but they become more religious in the United States. Sabras face culture shock with American Jews, so much so that they try to keep their distance. They are trying to cling to their Israeli heritage in a strange land.
There are a large number of startup companies in the US founded by Sabra Israelis.
At the age of 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 others in the United States. Although Israeli wives generally take on their husbands' surnames, Jewish identity is traced through the mother. That is, if one's mother is a Jew, then he is, according to Jewish law, Jewish.
Once they emigrate to the US, they tend to become more religious. 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. Orthodox Jews follow the traditional religious beliefs and practices found in the Jewish literature that interprets Scripture regarding ethical, religious, civil, and criminal matters.
Reform Jews do not believe that the Jewish Law is revealed by God. 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 Sabras retain 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 Sabra Israelis in the US 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 Sabra Israeli people in the US 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 the US to open the doors to Christ’s ambassadors.
Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Israeli, Sabra in United States.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-05-07|
|People Name General||Jew, Israeli|
|People Name in Country||Jew, Israeli, Sabra|
|Natural Name||Israeli Jew|
|Population this Country||134,000|
|Population all Countries||5,482,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Alternate Names||Israeli Jew|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago Source: Ethnologue 2010|
Primary Language: Hebrew
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.10 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|