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Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking in Germany

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
50,000 Yiddish, Western Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 % No No   

Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking in Germany

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Introduction / History
Linguists hotly debate the origins of the Yiddish language. Does it have its roots in Hebrew and Aramaic, or is a Germanic language? Did it originate in Israel, Germany, or eastern Europe? We don't have a clear answer, and we will never know for sure.

Yiddish speaking Jews fled Germany in the 1930s-40s, and those who didn't flee lost their lives. It has taken many years for Jewish people to be willing to return to Germany. Even today the majority of the Jewish people in Germany are Russian Jews who speak a different language than the Western Yiddish speaking Jews.

Where are they located?
There are three Western Yiddish languages, all of which sound much like German to a non-speaker. Jewish people who speak Northwestern Yiddish live in the northern part of Germany and the Netherlands. "Midwestern" Yiddish is spoken in central Germany, and the "southwestern" dialect is spoken in southern Germany.

What are their lives like?
The Western Yiddish speakers have blended into German society, and most hold professional jobs. Some of them are very active in their synagogues, while others are not.

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. There are a couple of sectors of Jewish beliefs. There are Orthodox, Reformed, Liberal, and Agnostic variations of Judaism in Germany. Like other Germans, the Yiddish speakers lean towards a secular mindset.

What are their needs?
The Yiddish speaking Jews in Germany need to feel secure and accepted. There is still the remembrance of the Holocaust where those who spoke a Western Yiddish language were most likely to be exterminated. There are parts of Germany, especially areas with a Muslim majority, where Jewish people are not safe. Neo-Nazis are another threat.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Western Yiddish Jewish people in Germany will allow Jesus to become their Messiah, their savior.
* Pray for the eyes of their hearts to be opened to what God wants for them.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among Western Yiddish speakers.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-12-26
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Country: Germany
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Widespread.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking
People Name General: Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking
ROP3 Code: 111057
Joshua Project People ID: 16034
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 50,000
Population all Countries: 50,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Jews
People Cluster: Jews
People Name General: Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking
Ethnic Code: CMT35
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Yiddish, Western (50,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yih    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 Religions84.50 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious15.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent60.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1908
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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None Reported
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Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking in Germany

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