Shavei Israel’s 2014 summer seminar for young Polish Jews starts tomorrow in Jerusalem

DymirtMartha didn’t have a Hebrew name but desperately wanted one. Damian has no documentation of a Jewish past but suspects he has Jewish roots. Iga is in the process of converting to Judaism and works at a Jewish organization called "Cholent." Dymitr's grandmother revealed the family's Jewish roots as she was dying. What do all four have in common? They are coming to Israel this week as part of Shavei Israel's annual summer seminar for young Poles with Jewish roots. Read More...

Shavei Israel opens its first Internet radio station – in Portuguese

Tune in to www.radioshabel.comShavei Israel has opened its first Internet radio station. If you’re a Portuguese-speaker, then “tune in” to www.radioshabel.com, the home of Shavei Israel emissary Rabbi Elisha Salas’s latest project, a website that streams Jewish music and classes 24 hours a day (but not Shabbat) to anyone with a data connection, be that computer, phone or tablet. Read More...

Shavei Israel profile: Bnei Menashe social worker Esther Colney follows a family tradition

Esther ColneyIf you ask a Bnei Menashe immigrant to Israel what the happiest day of his or her life was, you’ll often receive the response, “When I made aliyah.” But for Esther Colney, who came to Israel from India with her family at age 15, it was receiving her high school diploma...in Hebrew. Helping other Bnei Menashe immigrants to “make it” like she did is now Colney’s life work: a year and a half ago, she received her master’s degree in social work. Read More...

Shavei Israel receives Natan grant

Shavei Israel has been awarded a grant from the Natan Fund, a community of young philanthropists based in New York City, dedicated to promoting Jewish and Israeli social innovation. Shavei is one of 54 grants granted by Natan for 2014-2015. Read More...

Post army trek results in marriage…and new Shavei Israel emissary to El Salvador

Rabbi Aboud with Bnei Anousim in El SalvadorWhen Rabbi Isaac Aboud set out for Mexico in 1984 as part of the now standard Israeli post-army trek, he never expected to meet his beshert – the woman who would become his bride. But only a few days into his stay in Mexico City, he and his wife were introduced and the rest, as they say, is history – in this case with a little kick of Hebrew salsa. That unexpected shidduch has resulted in another surprise benefit – this time for Shavei Israel. Rabbi Aboud is our new emissary to the Bnei Anousim community in nearby El Salvador. Read More...

VIDEO: AFP News visits the Bnei Menashe in India

FP News visited the Bnei Menashe in India and produced a fabulous and inspirational documentary on the community. It includes interviews with community members who are on their way to Israel now that the Bnei Menashe aliyah has resumed, scenes from Bnei Menashe Purim celebrations, and glimpses of life in Churanchandpur, where Shavei Israel's Bnei Menashe headquarters in India is located. Read More...

Special guests greet Bnei Menashe at Ben-Gurion Airport

MIchael Freund and MK Rabbi Dov Lipman greet Yochanan Phaltual and family at Ben-Gurion AirportLast week, we invited you to join us in welcoming 43 new Bnei Menashe immigrants as they arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport. A big thank you to everyone who came - from Ra'anana, Jerusalem and Modi'in. Plus special dignitaries: Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Ofir Akunis. Read More...

Michael Freund: The Indiana Jones of “Lost Jews”

Michael Freund in Subbotnik village in RussiaThe Jewish Voice newspaper ran an in-depth profile of Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund this past week, calling him the "Indian Jones of 'Lost Jews.'" We have the article for you here. Read More...

Shavei Israel emissary inaugurates first “Ride for the Living” in Poland

Arriving in KrakowIn 1909, Robert Desmond’s grandparents left their home and family in the small shtetl village of Chernigov, just north of Kiev in Ukraine, and moved to the United Kingdom. It would prove to save their lives. 100 years later, Desmond embarked on a modern day roots pilgrimage by bicycle. And now he has helped launch another biking event - the first ever "Ride for the Living" from Auschwitz to Krakow, Poland. Read More...

Join Shavei Israel at Ben-Gurion Airport to welcome the Bnei Menashe home

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund with Bnei Menashe at last week's arrivalYou’ve seen their pictures. You’ve read their stories. Now, Shavei Israel is offering you the unique opportunity to meet the Bnei Menashe in person this week. 40 Bnei Menashe will be making aliyah on Thursday, June 19. If you’re in Israel, we invite you to join us for an emotional welcome ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. Read More...

Join the Bnei Menashe from India to Israel in new pictures

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund interviewed on Israel Radio

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund and Yecholiah (Jin Jin) interviewed on Israeli TV

Shavei Israel publishes new Shavuot guide in Russian for Subbotnik Jews

Shavei Chairman Michael Freund interviewed on TLV1 radio