Spanish-speaking Jews in Uruguay

Unreached of the Day  9/06/2021

Spanish-speaking Jews in Uruguay

Sephardic Jewish immigrants first started coming to Uruguay from Turkey in 1907, and by 1920, they had opened retail stores in Montevideo. As faithful Jewish believers, they built synagogues, schools, kosher markets and other organizations to assist their people. Anti-Semitism to some degree prevailed in Uruguay at the beginning of WWII; however, by the end of the war, there were 50,000 Jews in the country. Uruguay was the first Latin American country to recognize the state of Israel and establish diplomatic ties with that new nation. Over 10,000 Uruguayan Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1973. This, combined with an aging population and intermarriage, has decreased the Jewish population. The Jewish cultural connection that once tied the community together has basically been replaced with secularism and nominal adherence to Torah Judaism.

Ministry Obstacles

Indifference to their Jewish roots, decreased population, and immigration to Israel have made it difficult for followers of Christ to befriend the Uruguayan Jewish people and share with them the biblical power of God and his grace found in Jesus.

Outreach Ideas

Christian leaders meeting with Uruguayan rabbis could open new sources of discussing the Old Testament prophecies.

Scripture Focus

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"  Matthew 7:15-16

Scripture Prayer

Pray that the Lord gives this people group the discernment to recognize false prophets and the grace to know the true Prophet, Priest and King, Jesus Christ.

Prayer Focus

Pray that Uruguayan Jewish believers would be open to hearing, accepting and knowing that they can have a life in Jesus, which will give them eternal peace. Pray for a movement to Christ among Uruguayan Jewish people this decade.



People Name Spanish-speaking Jews
Pronunciationjooz
Country Uruguay
10/40 Window No
Population 17,000
World Population 300,700
Language Spanish
Primary Religion Ethnic Religions
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image