Jewish, Slovak-speaking in Slovakia

Jewish, Slovak-speaking
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People Name: Jewish, Slovak-speaking
Country: Slovakia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 2,600
World Population: 2,600
Primary Language: Slovak
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Jewish
Affinity Bloc: Jewish
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Jews have been living in Europe for more than 2,000 years. During the last few centuries, Eastern Europe had the largest Jewish population in the world. National attitudes toward the Jews were ambivalent, depending on the usefulness of the Jewish inhabitants to the nations' rulers.
They have resided in Slovakia since the 11th century. Throughout this time, persecution has been common and often extreme. Yet the Jews in this region have prospered. A small number of them remain in Slovakia though a high percentage have emigrated to either the United States or Israel.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jewish emigration from Eastern Europe is cause for concern among the remaining aged Jewish population. As the older Jews die, the Jewish community dwindles. Many of the younger Jews are not familiar with their Jewish identity. They are non-observant or have assimilated into the Slovakian culture.
There are efforts to keep Jewish culture alive in Slovakia and other countries of Eastern Europe. They are opening Jewish schools, hospitals and retirement homes. Some are promoting Judaic studies in universities. Jewish community centers also promote cultural events such as the Israeli dance, theater, Yiddish and Hebrew lessons, and sports
The Jews in Slovakia are spread throughout the country. Many have become leaders in business and industry.

What Are Their Beliefs?

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. European Jews are extremely diverse in their religious practices.
There are a couple of Jewish denominations, and they greatly vary. Each Jewish denomination maintains synagogues and celebrates the traditional Jewish holiday calendar. Some are more conservative than others. The Orthodox and Conservative groups study the Torah and other parts of Scripture. Reformed Jews are more concerned with Jewish identity than Jewish spirituality. While most European Jews are religiously affiliated, there is a significant minority which is not religious.

What Are Their Needs?

The Jews understand their connection with the Abrahamic covenant. However, they have historically rejected Jesus Christ as Messiah, the one who has fulfilled that covenant.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth Messianic believers to work among the Jewish communities in Slovakia.
Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are focusing on the European Jews.
Pray that the Jewish people will understand that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Slovak-speaking Jews in Slovakia.

Text Source:   Joshua Project