Berlin branch leader Aaron Lewin reports, “I enjoy connecting with diverse Jewish people in Berlin. Recently a friend referred me to Tamer, who had left the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in which he was raised. Stereotypes and misunderstandings concerning this very closed community are common, and many within the community are equally in the dark about the outside world.
“Like others in his situation, Tamer is wary of religion but open to Jesus. I’m fascinated by his story and his perspectives on the Bible and Judaism, and his interest in my belief is mutual. Recently, I showed him chapter 53 of Isaiah. As he read it through in Hebrew, he suddenly stopped and said, ‘I know why you’re showing this to me!’ He checked his own version of the Hebrew Bible to verify what he’d read in mine. He was absolutely amazed and said: ‘I’ve read this passage before, but never made the connection with Jesus!’ (He was the one to mention Jesus first!)
“Tamer is curious, yet struggling to believe that God exists or that He is truly loving. Please pray that he would not only continue to be amazed by what he reads, but that he will receive the truth about Jesus in his heart!”
Pray for Our Berlin Team
Keep our Berlin branch in prayer: they have three teams in one, reaching out to Hebrew-speaking, Russian-speaking, and German-speaking Jewish people. But Jewish people from many other backgrounds have found a home in Berlin.
To put our ministry in Germany into perspective, remember that most of the half million Jewish people who lived there before World War II either fled for their lives or were murdered.
Germany’s Jewish Population Then and Now*
Pre-WW II: 525,000
Post-WW II: 37,000
As recent as 1970: 30,000
Jewish Population in Berlin Today:
- 20,000 Israelis
- 30,000 Russian-speaking
- 500 German
*Note: it’s difficult to get accurate Jewish demographics in Germany, as many do not wish to be formally identified.
* Names are changed to protect privacy.