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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Jew, Skver of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 15,000

ROP3 Code: 300002
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Jews
People Cluster: Jews
Language: Eastern Yiddish - (ydd)
Religion: Ethnic Religions - Judaism
Country of Origin: Ukraine

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 15,000

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Brief Profile

The Skver Jews are an ethno-religious people founded as a Hasidic dynasty by Rebbe Yitzchok Twersky in the city of Skver (as known in Yiddish; or Skvyra, in present-day Ukraine) during the mid-19th century. Followers of the rebbes of Skver are called Skverer Hasidim. There are two distinct Skver groups, with one being headquartered in New Square, New York.

Skverer Hasidism stresses Torah study, prayer, and abstention from excessive earthly pleasures in order to achieve purity of heart and mind. To that end, the Village of New Square was established, where residents are sheltered from influences deemed decadent.

A central part of the lifestyle is the attachment to the rebbe. As with most Hasidic groups today, the Rebbe's position is generally attained through his lineage. However, to be accepted by the masses, the Rebbe is expected to display behaviors such as humility, love for fellow Jews, and general devotion to God's service. The rebbe, as tzadik or righteous person, is seen as a conduit to God for the masses.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will prompt Skver Jews to pick up a Bible and begin reading the gospel of John.
  • Pray Christians will take the time to become friends with Skver Jews and share the Bible or give them a gospel portion.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesNew SquareNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY15,000