Bukharic-speaking Jew in Israel

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Introduction / History

Of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust of WWII, over one-half million were Jews from Hungary. That represents roughly two-thirds of the Hungarian Jewish population of 1941. Even before WWII, Hungarian Jews were subject to various types of discrimination and persecution. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, most Hungarian-speaking Jews have moved to Israel, the USA or Western Europe.

Hungarian is a disappearing language among the Jews of Israel. Young people prefer to speak Hebrew or English. Many resources, including a compete Bible, are available in Hungarian.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Hungarian Jews are integrated into modern Israeli society. Their young people serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Some Hungarian Jews choose to live in neighborhoods in Israeli cities, where they can keep their Hungarian language and culture. They have their restaurants and cultural centers.

Most of the Hungarian Jews of Israel are cultural rather than religious, observant Jews. They celebrate the Jewish holidays to preserve their traditions and culture.

Hungarian Jews practice monogamy, marriage to one person. They encourage their children to get university degrees and to enter the professions. Hungarian-speaking Jews work in the jewelry trade, retail, engineering, education, and manufacturing.

As powerful as the Israel Defense Forces are, Jews in Israel live under the constant threat of rocket and terrorist attacks.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Judaism is the ancient, monotheistic faith revealed to Moses in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Observant Jews try to obey the commands given in the Tanakh, which includes the Torah, the Prophets, and the writings. Christians call these books the Old Testament. The major holidays of Judaism are Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the New Jewish Year, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Religious Jews attend synagogue on Saturdays and practice the Sabbath rest. A tiny group of Hungarian Jews have found their Messiah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hungarian-speaking Jews of Israel need to understand that Jesus is their Messiah. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life. All their religious works and traditions will not gain God's favor.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Hungarian Jewish people will hear the good news and understand that Jesus is the Messiah. Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of the Jews towards Christians and Christianity so that they might hear and receive the message of salvation. Pray that God will grant Messianic believers in Israel favor as they share their faith in Christ with their people. Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Hungarian-speaking Jews of Israel.

Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Hungarian-speaking in Israel.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jew, Hungarian-speaking
People Name in Country Jew, Hungarian-speaking
Natural Name Bukharic-speaking Jew
Pronunciation boo-HAR-ik
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 71,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hungarian; Hungarian Jew
People ID 12349
ROP3 Code 104246
Country Israel
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Israel
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Judaism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
3.80 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Hungarian
Language Code hun   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hungarian
Language Code hun   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hungarian

Primary Language:  Hungarian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1533-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1541-2003)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1590-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hungarian Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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