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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Jew, Mashadi of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 10,000

ROP3 Code: 114660
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
Language: Iranian Persian - (pes)
Religion: Ethnic Religions - Judaism
Country of Origin: Iran

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 5,000

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Brief Profile

The Mashadi Jews are an ethno-religious people group who religiously adhere to Judaism and ethnically originally migrated from the Jewish community of Mashhad of Iran beginning in 1940s and continuing through the 1980s.

Historically similar to many of other Jewish peoples, they gravitated toward professions that allowed their trade skills to flourish. They were avid merchants, navigating the ancient Silk Road. They were held with the highest regard by Sunni Turkmen, because of their reputation for honorable and ethical business practices.

The Mashadi Jews in the United States no longer have ties with Iran as their founding forefathers did when they arrived in the United States. For many, their country of origin now is the United States with English as their first language. However, they still value their ancestral heritage as they remain steadfast in their community ties. Their religious faith and community provide key components forming their distinct people group identity.

Kings Point, a village constituting part of Great Neck, has the greatest percentage of Mashadi Jews in the United States. Unlike the Iranian community in Los Angeles, which contains a large number of non-Jewish Persians, the Persian population in and around Great Neck is almost entirely Jewish.

Several thousand of the Great Neck area's 10,000 Mashadi Jews trace their origins to the Iranian city of Mashad, constituting the largest Mashadi community in the United States. After practicing Judaism in secret for almost 100 years, the Mashadi Jews found freedom in the United States. The Mashadi community in Great Neck operates its own synagogues and community centers, and members typically marry within the community.

For more information about the Mashadi Jews, see Iranian Jewish Center [160 Steamboat Rd, Great Neck, NY 11024, (516) 482-8080] and the Young Mashadi Jewish Center [130 Steamboat Rd, Great Neck, NY 11024, (516) 570-6936].

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will open doors to access the Mashadi Jew community via marketplace ministries of Christians in the Great Neck area.
  • Pray for Christian laborers to live among, become friends with, and incarnate the Word of God both in word and deed among the Mashadi Jews.
  • Pray God will enlighten the hearts and minds of Mashadi Jews to understand that the Messiah came and lived among us.

People Group Resources

Online Talking Bible - Persian
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Persian Story Set for Discipleship
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Persian Story Set for Evangelism
65 Discipleship Bible studies for those with a Shi'a Islam worldview, particularly those in Central Asia.

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Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesGreat NeckNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY5,000