45,000 in Israel (1995 H. Mutzafi). Population total all countries: 45,500.
Jerusalem District, Beit Shemesh.
None known. Medium intelligibility with Judeo-Moroccan Arabic [aju] and Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic [yud], but none with Judeo-Iraqi Arabic [yhd]. A lexicon of 5,000 words in 1950 had 79% words of Arabic origin, 15% Romance loanwords, 5% Hebrew loanwords, 2% others (Cohen 1985). A member of macrolanguage Judeo-Arabic [jrb].
Mainly older adults. Also use Hebrew [heb].