Jews began coming to Turkey during medieval times, many escaping persecution from countries like Spain. At the time, the Ottoman Empire ruled what would become Turkey. Although it was a Muslim empire, Jews were not persecuted, but they had to pay a tax. Today, on the other hand, Turkish Muslims have become anti-Semitic, leading many Jews to move to Israel, where they would be accepted.
Immigrants from Turkey may live anywhere in Israel, but most probably live in the Northern part of Israel, which closer and thus easier to get to from Turkey.
Israel is a modern, first world country. In fact, it has more museums per capita than any other country in the world and some of the best healthcare. Most Israelis work 5-6 days a week, from 8 or 9 in the morning to 5 or 6 at night, and kids 5 to 13 years of age are required to go to school 6 days a week. They have a government very similar to that of Great Britain, with an elected parliament and a prime minister, who holds the most power.
As Jews, they believe the Bible up to the end of the Old Testament. Plus, they believe God promised the land of Israel to Abraham in the book of Genesis. More than one hundred years later, God set them free from Egyptian slavery through Moses, who gave them laws from God, which are recorded in the Bible and make up the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. Jews believe that salvation comes from strict obedience to these laws. In addition, they also believe in a Messiah to come who would set them free.
Of course, they need Jesus above all. In addition, Israel has had conflict with their Arab neighbors off and on ever since Israel became a nation in 1917, and they need wisdom and patience to do what is right and just when such problems arise. Also, missionaries will need to find a way to show tolerance for their beliefs while sharing the truth about Jesus at the same time. They fled to Turkey and then to Israel for the purpose of escaping religious persecution. When witnessing to them, we must be loving and Christ-like.
* Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Turkish in Israel.
For loving, compassionate missionaries to be sent to Israel and Turkey
For peace to exist between Israelis and Arabs
For Jesus to reveal Himself as the King of the Jews to Jews in Israel and around the world
For Jews to discover that Jesus really is the Messiah they have been waiting for
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Chandler, Adam. "Troubling News for Turkey's Jews." Tablet Magazine. N.p., 19 Dec. 2012. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.
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|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Jew, Turkish|
|People Name in Country||Jew, Turkish|
|Natural Name||Turkish Jew|
|Population this Country||47,000|
|Population all Countries||49,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Language Code||heb Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
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 Audio Scripture|
|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 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|