Current Estimates of the number of Messiancs (alleged Jews proclaiming belief in Jesus) in Israel, congregations and related organizations

There are 262 Messianic organizations operating in Israel according to Kehila News Directory - "a searchable list of congregations, ministries, and businesses related to the Messianic
Community in Israel." (as of March 2016). Source:

"Today the latest reports estimate almost 20,000 and 150 congregations in “the Land” (as Eretz Yisrael is called), while globally the reports range as high as 300,000 Messianic Jewish believers."(Charisma Magazine October 29, 2013)

"...There is also a community of approximately 20,000 Messianic Jews."

International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 United States Department of State: Israel and the occupied territories (report released May 20, 2013).

"There is a small but growing community of approximately 20,000 Messianic Jews."

International Religious Freedom Report for 2011 United States Department of State: Israel and the occupied territories (report released July 30, 2012)

"Now there are an estimated 150 Jewish [messianic] congregations around Israel meeting in different languages. The number of believers is estimated to be around 20,000, growing exponentially from 1948 when 12 Jews who believed in Jesus could be counted, to 1987 when there were 3,000 and 1997 where there were 5,000."
Baptist Press, May 26, 2011
"The estimated 20,000 Messianic Jews, who believe Jesus is the Messiah and consider themselves to be Jews, also often experienced this infringement on their personal lives, since the Orthodox Rabbinate did not consider them Jewish"
2010 Human Rights Report: Israel and the occupied territories (published April 8, 2011)


"There are an estimated 20,000 Messianic Jews in Israel."
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reporter Julie Stahl June 8, 2010


There is a small but growing community of approximately 10,000 Messianic Jews."
The US State Department 2009 Report on International Religious Freedom

"... Christian missionaries have succeeded in converting around 15,000 Jews to Christianity in Israel."
Rabbi Dov Lifshitz, chairman of the Yad L'Achim quoted in the Jerusalem Post March 23, 2008

There are between 15,000 and 20,000 self-identified “Messianic Jews” currently living in Israel, and more than 130 identified “Messianic Jewish” churches and groups in Israel."
The Jews for Judaism 2008 statistics

"Meyers explains that the messianic community, which numbers about 15,000 people in Israel, "sees itself as a legitimate branch of Judaism."'
A March 21, 2008 YNET News article quoting Calev Myers - the Chief Counsel of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice

"Calev Myers, an attorney who represents Messianic Jews, or Jews who accept Jesus as their savior, demanded in an interview with Army Radio that all those involved be put on trial. He estimated there were 10,000 Messianic Jews, who are also known as Jews for Jesus, in Israel. "
The Associated Press and Haaretz May 20, 2008

"Although nobody knows for sure how many Messianic Jews live in Israel, it's believed there are about 120 congregations now and 10,000-15,000 Jewish believers in Jesus."
Wendy Griffith, Chief News Editor for CBN News, December 26, 2008

"There is a small but growing community of approximately 10,000 Messianic Jews."
The US State Department 2008 Report on International Religious Freedom

"Hope for Israel seeks to channel funds into the hands of Messianic Jewish (Jews who believe in Jesus) congregations and ministries in Israel that provide humanitarian support for these needy Israelis. There are over 150 Messianic Jewish congregations in Israel..."
Messianic Attorney "Rabbi" Jamie Cowan, Hope For Israel (Lightsource Ministries), Tikvat Israel

"Furthermore, there are hundreds of Messianic congregations and even a few Messianic Jewish synagogues [In Israel]."
JIJ's Mike Decker in Israel Today February 28, 2008

"Myers, founder and chief counsel of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, which represents their [the messianics] interests, claims their ranks have swelled to almost 15,000, representing a 30% growth in the last half-decade. Yad L’Achim says the figures are seriously exaggerated for public relations purposes. No independent statistics exist, but press accounts frequently cite a figure of 8,000."
the Jewish Daily Forward May 6, 2008

"The Messianic community in Israel numbers about 15,000, spread out in roughly 120 congregations across the nation. The community members, who believe there is no contradiction between being Jewish and believing Jesus to have been the Savior and the Son of God, has been steadily growing, in large part due to proselytizing activities."
Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2008

"Rabbi Singer says that close to 20,000 Jews have been persuaded by evangelical missionaries in Israel to abandon their faith and convert to Christianity since 1970."
Israel National News (Arutz 7) October 7, 2008 "

"Messianic Jews who are Israeli citizens have the potential to greatly influence the nation of Israel as a group that is expanding and as of today consists of approximately 15,000 members."
Mike Decker of the law offices of Yehuda Raveh quoted in Israel Today, September 24, 2007


"Numerical estimates of the number of Messianic believers in Israel range from 5,000-7,000 individuals. A mid-range figure of 6,000 would be the most agreed-upon. With such small numbers it might be more accurate in Israel to call us a phenomenon, rather than a movement. There are 53 congregations and approximately 70 independent home groups." SCP newsletter Autumn 1998


At the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948 there were but a handful of Israeli Jews who believed that Jesus is the Messiah...The movement experienced substantial growth in the 1990s.  By the turn of the millennium, leaders of the movement estimate that there are between 5,000 and 7,000 Messianic Believers scattered in some 80 congregations and house fellowships throughout the land of Israel.  These figures include Gentiles either married to Jewish believers or who feel solidarity with the movement.]  Facts & Myths About the Messianic Congregations in Israel (published by Caspari Center 1999)





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