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Jew, Portuguese in Israel



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Portuguese Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 %   

Jew, Portuguese in Israel

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Introduction / History
In the last 1400s the Roman Catholic Church and Spain were seeking to eliminate any heresy, meaning beliefs that didn't conform to Catholic doctrines. Protestants, Muslims and Jews were persecuted in Spain. Under duress, many "converted" to Roman Catholicism, but this left them open to greater persecution if they were even suspected of practicing Judaism. Many of these Sephardic Jews went to neighboring Portugal, but cruel persecution soon found them.

In 1536 at the request of Portuguese King Joas III, Portugal began what we call the Portuguese Inquisition. In Portugal, the Sephardic Jews were especially singled out for persecution. Some agreed to become Roman Catholics, but even then, they were often persecuted by suspicious Catholic authorities just as they were in Spain. Fleeing to colonies of either country was only a temporary fix; the Inquisition was soon extended there as well. The Jewish people of Portugal were scattered for five centuries. Eventually some made their home in Israel after she became a nation in 1948.

In 1987, Mario Soares, then president of Portugal, asked for forgiveness from the Jewish people in his country for Portugal's role in the Inquisition. In 2015 the Portuguese government offered dual citizenship to the descendants of those Jews who were expelled five centuries earlier. Some have returned to Portugal, but most remain in Israel.

Where are they located?
They are currently a distinct community of Jews, numbering 1,800, located in Jerusalem. They have a synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem.

What are their lives like?
Those Sephardic Jewish people from Portugal are living peaceful lives in Israel. They have preserved traditions from Portugal, including folk songs, proverbs, and food. Some still use Portuguese names but others prefer Hebrew ones.

What are their beliefs?
They practice the Jewish faith, but maintain their ethnic Portuguese identity and language in Israel. Some Portuguese Jewish individuals have given up on God and live secular lives. Some have turned to New Age beliefs. This is also true of many other Jewish people groups in Israel.

What are their needs?
Numerous Christian resources are available in Portuguese, such as Bibles and presentations in print, audio and video. However, many Jewish people feel that Bible believing Christians are a threat, and evangelistic activities are opposed in some Jewish quarters. There are now Bible training colleges in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel. Portuguese Jewish background believers can attend these colleges.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to open the minds of the Portuguese Sephardic Jews to listen to the gospel message and embrace their true messiah.
* Pray that Portuguese speaking evangelicals will feel called to minister to these Sephardic Jews in Jerusalem.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among Sephardic Jews in Israel to spread far and wide.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_and_Portuguese_Jews
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Portugal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sephardi_Jews#Portuguese_citizenship_by_Portuguese_Sephardic_descent
http://fellowship.ifcj.org/site/PageNavigator/sfi_about_culture_ethnicities_sephardic
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.649892

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Country: Israel
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jew, Portuguese
People Name General: Jew, Portuguese Speaking
Alternate People Names:
Portuguese Jewish
ROP3 Code: 108133
Joshua Project People ID: 14451
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 96,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Jews
People Cluster: Jews
People Name General: Jew, Portuguese Speaking
Ethnic Code: CMT35
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Portuguese (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): por    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions96.50 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1505-2004
New Testament:
1681-2004Audio
Complete Bible: 1751-1995
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Atualizada (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Corrigida (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Interconfessional ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Todays New Langua ...
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Portuguese
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus film: view in Portuguese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralOpen-licensed Bible stories on mobile ap ...
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: A Brazilian Translation
Text / Printed MatterBible: Almeida Revista e Corrigida
Text / Printed MatterBible: Nova Tradução na Linguagem de H ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Nova Versão Internacional (Brazi ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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