Jews began emigrating to the United States from Russia and Poland as early as America's colonial era. In 1852, a "Russian-American Jewish congregation" was founded in New York, a sign that the community of Eastern European Jews was by then large enough to seek to preserve its own distinctive traditions. Later, as railway lines eased travel within Russia and steamships reduced the hazards of travel across the Atlantic, more Russian Jews migrated to America, particularly in the wake of economic privation and religious persecution where they lived. Mass Russian-Jewish immigration is usually dated to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881 which was falsely blamed on the Jewish people. Hundreds of thousands of Russian Jewish people immigrated between 1881 and World War I. Between 1930 and 1939, according to official statistics, a total of only 2,463 Russians, most of them presumably Jews, obtained legal permanent residence status in the United States. Following WWII only a small number of Russian Jews arrived in the United States. For the most part, Russia's Jews were barred from migrating to the United States until the early 1970s.
Since that decade there has been a flood of Russian Jews coming to the United States. The majority of them settled in New York City, and they tended to be secularized. These Russian speaking Jewish immigrants are diverse. They included scholars, scientists, artists, professionals, ordinary workers, and many were "refuseniks" with long histories of opposition to the Soviet regime. Most of these immigrants were older than the average immigrant. Unlike some other immigrant groups coming to America, these Russian Jewish people did not look back. They had come to be free and were ready to create a new life for themselves and their families. They learned English, worked hard and stressed education for their children. It is also interesting that many of these Russian Jews rediscovered a sense of Russian-ness. They maintained many Russian cultural traditions. The younger generation of Russian Jews in the US do not speak Russian like their parents and grandparents. However, one thing remains evident, Russian-speaking Jews are strengthening American Jewish life. Almost all are active in their community. They strongly support Israel and maintain ongoing fund-raising projects for new immigrants arriving in Israel from Russia. They have gained recognition in all areas of life in the United States that include medicine, research, filming, education, business, and the arts. They are very successful in their earning power largely because of their ability to achieve a higher education. Family is important, and they strive to have their children get a good education. The Russian Jews are a distinct and increasingly powerful community in the United States. With the passing of time these Jewish people become more active in the American culture and politics.
Although a number of Russian Jewish Americans attend a synagogue, the majority are secular. Christians, especially the Messianic Jewish believers, have been able to reach a small number of them. A proud people, most Jewish Russian people do not want to change, and they reject outreaches by outsiders.
Highly motivated to succeed they push themselves to achieve their goals. Most of them do not see any need to repent or turn their lives over to God and receive his grace. They need to know God and they need to know the saving grace of Jesus.
* Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Russian in United States.
Pray that the Russian Jewish People in the United States will be open to friendships with American Christian believers and be open to discuss the prophetic scriptures of who Jesus is and why he is their Messiah.
Pray that American Christians and Messianic Christians will not become discouraged in their efforts to reach the Russian Jewish people. Pray that Russian Jewish people will fully understand that Christians who give their lives over to Jesus are against all forms of anti-Semitism. Pray for Russian Jews in America to begin their own movement to Christ.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-09|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-30|
|People Name General||Jew, Russian-speaking|
|People Name in Country||Jew, Russian|
|Natural Name||Russian Jew|
|Population this Country||654,000|
|Population all Countries||1,600,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||13|
|Alternate Names||Russian; Russian Jew|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
Primary Language: Russian
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1821-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Central Asian (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Holy Synod (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||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Russian|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||General Ministry Resources|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app|
|General||Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.10 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|