The aftermath of World War II left Romanian society facing economic disaster. Jews in Romania still faced anti-Semitism; as a result, the country sold 300,000 of their citizens to the newly formed country of Israel. From 1949-1978 thousands of Romanian Jews made their way to Israel.
During this time, several Jewish populations from other countries migrated to Israel. The vision of Israel is to unite the Jewish people, but even so, the various Jewish people remain connected with their own sub-groups. Though Israel has Hebrew as the main language and is the hub for Jewish culture, there are several cultural groups represented with their own languages such as Russian, Yudi, Ladino, Yiddish, Farsi, and others. There are 197,000 Romanian Jews in Israel making up a large majority of the population.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Jacob’s Hope is an organization whose mission is to share the gospel with the Jews in Israel and other countries with large Jewish populations, such as Russia, Ukraine, Latin America, and the United States. One way they are engaging the Jewish people is the Israel Compassion team. The Israel Compassion team is a project that gives practical needs such as food, clothing, and household items to the people of Israel. See the video on their website to learn more.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Prayer is a vital part of bringing the gospel to the Romanian Jews. Prayer4Nations is a Eurasia community initiative that focuses on prayer for the people in Eurasia. They have specific sites for each country, to pray for Israel and learn more visit the Israel site.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for Romanian Jews may see the Messiah, Jesus, revealed as they read scripture.
- Pray that through the efforts of the Israel Compassion team that many will know the love of Christ.
- Pray for opportunities for workers in Israel to engage Romanian Jews.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.