When the nation of Israel was established in 1948, Jewish people groups from around the world began immigrating to Israel. One of these people groups were the Bukhari Jews. Though the majority of Jews speak Hebrew, many speak different languages such as Russian, Yiddish, Farsi, Yudi, Ladino, and other languages from where they immigrated. Bukhari is a Tajik language and has Hebraic and Persian influence. Bukhari is spoken in Uzbekistan and parts of Russia where these Jews likely immigrated from. Bukhari Jews are often distinct from other Jewish groups due to their musical traditions and brightly colored outfits. Since many Bukhari Jews immigrated from Central Asia they have adopted much of the cuisine and social customs. Many Jews are observant Jews, but more and more are being secularized as Israel modernizes, and Judaism no longer becomes a religious conviction but a social norm.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The goal of Jacob’s Hope is to bring the gospel to the lost sheep of Israel. They are ministering among Jewish populations in South America, Ukraine, and Israel.Last Christmas the Jacob’s Hope team was able to minister to many Jewish communities in Israel. They retell the story of a lady who came to believe in Jesus as the true Messiah in one of their compassion centers.
To read the full story visit Jacob’s Hope.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
In the Worldview article “Cradle of Faith”, Andy Raatz, director of AGWM Communications states, “ The vision of AGWM’s Israel and Palestine area is clear: to reach people who are lost and to serve together on church planting teams. This is the heartbeat of AGWM: to reach those who are lost, gather them into community and plant the church.”
To join in planting churches among Bukharic Jews visit Live Dead.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for Jacob’s hope team members as they work to reach the Jewish people.
- Pray that God reveals himself to the Bukhari Jews in miraculous ways.
- Pray for workers to join in planting churches among the Bukhari Jews.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.