Jewish Mission Fields of the World

ISRAEL – The Jewish State now is home to more than one-third of Jewish people worldwide, and the largest Jewish population in the world, in any one country.  There are many cities in Israel with more than 100,000 Jewish people.

UNITED STATES – The USA has the second largest Jewish population in the world, almost another one third of them, concentrated mostly in major urban areas like New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.  Many US cities have more than 20,000 Jewish people.

The remaining Jewish population is scattered throughout the world:

WESTERN EUROPE – Many countries in Western Europe boast large Jewish populations in major world class cities.  France has the third largest Jewish population of any country, about 650,000, with half living in Paris, and the remainder concentrated in five other big cities.  Other countries with large numbers of Jewish people would be the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy.  Smaller Jewish communities are located all over Western Europe.

EASTERN EUROPE – There are significant Jewish communities in many countries in Eastern Europe, notably in Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Belarus.  Many Jewish families from this part of the world have relocated to Israel, since the fall of the Soviet Union.  More than one million Russian-speaking Jewish people reside in Israel.

AUSTRALIA – This continent/country has tens of thousands of Jewish people living mostly in Melbourne and Sydney, with smaller communities in other areas.

NORTH AMERICA – Canada has a large Jewish population concentrated in Toronto (200,000), Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg.  Mexico has about 65,000 or more Jewish people, mostly in Mexico City, with a good sized community also in Monterrey.

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA – There are many Jewish communities across Latin America, some of them significant, as in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Cost Rica and Uruguay.

ASIA and MIDDLE EAST – There are very few Jewish people in most countries of Asia and among the Arab countries in the Middle East.  However, many Filipino churches have become great supporters of Jewish missions.  The city of Istanbul in Turkey still has a considerable Jewish population.

AFRICA – The only large Jewish population on this continent would be found in South Africa, primarily in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Smaller Jewish populations can be found in Morocco (Casablanca) and Tunisia.  Only a handful of Jewish people are located elsewhere in Africa, since most of the Ethiopian Jewish community immigrated to Israel some years ago.

IBJM Has Identified Over 75 Cities and Areas with 20,000 or More Jewish People

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About IBJM

IBJM was founded in 1949 by Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus. Brought up in an Orthodox Jewish home in Austria, he moved to New York City in his early twenties where he trusted Jesus as Messiah and Savior after reading Isaiah 53.

Persecuted and beaten by friends and forsaken by his family, the young Gartenhaus was led by God to become an ambassador to his own people, establishing the IBJM ministry.

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Phone: (423) 876-8150
Fax: (423) 876-8156
Monday-Friday: 9:00am to 4:30pm


Physical Address (Museum & Events)
5106 Genesis Lane
Hixson, TN 37343

Mailing Address
PO Box 1386
Hixson, TN 37343

Ministry Partner: Shepherd's Bethel

Shepherd's Bethel provides missionary lodging, up to three years for those on deputation, one year for those on furlough, and their units are also available for short stays of just one night up to several weeks for missionaries who are traveling.  Contact Director Michael Weiss at (812) 936-9648.  Consult their website,, for additional details.

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