Jew, Viznitz of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 15,000

ROP3 Code: 300003
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

In North America in the Borough Park and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn; Lakewood, N.J.; Montreal; and other places.

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Brief Profile

Viznitz, also spelled Vizhnitz, Jews are an ethno-religious people founded as a Hasidic dynasty by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager. Vizhnitz is the Yiddish name of Vyzhnytsia, a town in present-day Ukraine.

Menachem Mendel Hager (1830 - 1884) was appointed Rebbe at the age of 24, and soon after he moved to Vyzhnytsia. He became known and admired for his charitable acts, sincerity in prayer and love for Israel. His Torah thoughts were published under the title Tzemach Tzaddik. Following their custom, his leadership has been passed down via his family lineage. The depth of affection for their Rabbis is evident when one dies as thousands of followers will surge around the body shrouded in a prayer shawl.

Viznitz Jews are uniquely dressed in that they are one of the the only groups who wear their hat bow on the right side, not left, which makes it seem backwards compared to similar hats.

Prayer Points

  • Pray will God will reveal to Viznitz Jews that Christ, the Messiah, for all people, is the ultimate Creator God who became intimate that we might know and experience God first-hand via a personal relationship of followering Jesus.
  • Pray Christians will intentionally seek out ways to form friendships with Viznitz Jews.


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United StatesKaserNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY15,000