Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking in Germany

Joshua Project has identified the Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking only in Germany
Population
48,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16034/GM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiddish_dialects
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/YIH
https://www.quora.com/Why-are-the-Yiddish-and-German-languages-so-similar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qQSAEMq5ko
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/21/sad-truth-about-today-modern-germany-and-jews.html
http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/06__Foreign__Policy__State/05__Historic__Responsibility/04/Feature__04.html
http://www.dw.com/en/how-safe-are-jews-in-germany/a-18285899
http://www.dw.com/en/how-safe-are-jews-in-germany/a-18994682
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-jews-no-longer-safe-due-to-anti-semitism-and-deteriorating-security-a6823216.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-12-26
People Name General Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking
People Name in Country Jew, Western Yiddish-Speaking
Population in Germany 48,000
World Population 48,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 16034
ROP3 Code 111057
Country Germany
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Germany
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Yiddish, Western (48,000 speakers)
Language Code yih   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yiddish, Western
Primary Language Yiddish, Western (48,000 speakers)
Language Code yih   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yiddish, Western

Primary Language:  Yiddish, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
84.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
60.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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