Teaching Hebrew to Bnei Menashe in India

Merav Segal on previous visit to India to teach HebrewThe Israeli-developed system of immersive language learning, known as the ulpan, is recognized around the world as perhaps the best methodology for quickly mastering a new tongue. But the system has not always proven successful with newcomers from some Asian and African nations, including the Bnei Menashe. Shavei Israel has developed its own Hebrew methodology uniquely tailored to the new immigrants from India. Here is the story of how it was developed and Shavei's latest steps to bring Hebrew to the hills of Manipur. Read More...

Shavei Israel returns to Peru with new outreach to the Bnei Moshe

In 2002, then-Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau paid a hospital visit to a very unusual man: his features were clearly Peruvian, but he also had peyot (traditional Jewish sidelocks). Unfamiliar with this combination of facial features and hair, Rabbi Lau turned to the man and asked plainly, “Who are you?” The man replied, “I am from the Bnei Moshe. We are from Peru.” “How can I help you?” Rabbi Lau asked. “Please help my family, my relatives and my community to come to Israel,” the man said. Who are the Bnei Moshe and how can Shavei Israel help bring them home? Read More...

Shavei Israel seminar for Polish Jewish teens in Warsaw

Polish teens at Shavei Israel's Teen Seminar in WarsawWhen Shavei Israel held its last “Teen Shabbaton” in Warsaw, the universal takeaway from the 18 Polish teenagers who participated was “When can we do it again?” That was in January. After a cold six months of Polish winter, the summer has finally arrived – and so has the next teen event, which was held earlier in July. Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis provides the details. Read More...

PICTURES: Subbotnik Jews of Visoky and Rodnikovskaya, Russia

Aryeh with Subbotnik Jew during morning minyan in Visoky.Shavei Israel’s new emissary to the Subbotnik Jewish community in southern Russia, Aryeh Khodorkovsky, has been keeping busy during his first month in Visoky. He's sent us pictures of some of his activities. Also in Russia, historian Eldad Fedorchuk has just completed his visit to Rodnikovskaya. He sent us pictures too. Read More...

Shavei Israel launches new book series for Bnei Menashe

First book in new Thadou-Kuki book seriesShavei Israel has launched a new book series in the Thadou-Kuki language for Bnei Menashe living in the Indian states of Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, as well as in neighboring Myanmar (Burma). Each 50-page book is filled with customs, Jewish Law and stories relating to specific subjects. The first in the series is called Na’aseh VeNishma, covered the holiday of Shavuot. New booklets are planned every month. You can be a part of this series by sponsoring a book or more. Read More...

VIDEO: Bnei Menashe visit Joseph’s Tomb

Bnei Menashe at Joseph's TombMore than 2,700 years after their ancestors had been exiled from the Land of Israel, a group of recent immigrants from the Bnei Menashe visited their forefather Joseph’s tomb, the first rendezvous of its kind. Shavei Israel helped one hundred Bnei Menashe pay an emotional visit to the site - our camera crew was there too. Here's the video Read More...

The path to aliyah – Indian style

The Jerusalem Post dedicated the cover story in this Friday's Magazine to the Bnei Menashe. Editor Laura Kelly traveled to India to report on the unfolding aliyah. She visited Churachandpur and then continued on the flights with the new immigrants to Israel. Read More...

Fundamentally Freund: When Manasseh’s children visited Joseph’s Tomb

Michael Freund at Joseph's Tomb with Bnei Menashe"It was after midnight one night earlier this month that I found myself on the way to a remarkable family reunion of historic proportions," writes Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund. A first-hand report of the visit of 100 Bnei Menashe to Joseph's Tomb. Read More...

PICTURES: Rabbi Riskin leads group to Belmonte for Portuguese Shabbaton

Chief Rabbi of Efrat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin led a group of 40 tourists to the small town of Belmonte, Portugal, where they joined together with Shavei Israel's emissary Rabbi Elisha Salas and local Bnei Anousim and Jewish residents for a weekend Shabbaton. We have pictures. Read More...

Two communities, one celebration: Bat mitzvah girl adopts Bnei Menashe immigrants

Posing before the party (Becky in fuschia dress)Becky Melamed knows how tough it is to be a new immigrant. She arrived in Israel from New York with her family in 2009 when she was just six years old. So, as she was turning 12 and planning her bat mitzvah, she knew she wanted to give something back to other new immigrants who might have it even harder than she did. Here's the story of how Becky Melamed adopted ten Bnei Menashe new immigrants and made them an integral part of her bat mitzvah ceremony. Read More...

VIDEO: Meet the Bnei Menashe at Ben-Gurion Airport

Interior Minister personally greets new Bnei Menashe immigrants

LISTEN: Michael Freund discusses Bnei Menashe aliyah on Israel Radio

PICTURES: 78 Bnei Menashe arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport on aliyah

Bnei Menashe – in their own words: Makhir Thouthang, Saikul, Manipur