Shavei Israel moves to new location

Entrance to new Shavei Israel officeAfter ten years in the Heichal Shlomo building adjacent to Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue, Shavei Israel has moved to new, more spacious offices to better support our growing number of activities in Israel and abroad. Shavei Israel's Machon Miriam Spanish and Portuguese-language Institute for Conversion and Return has moved as well. Read More...

Bnei Menashe rally in Migdal HaEmek in support of the IDF

Bnei Menashe rally in IndiaAs Operation Protective Edge continues in Gaza, the Bnei Menashe rallied last week to show their support for the Israel Defense Forces. 25 Bnei Menashe joined another 200 residents of Migdal HaEmek to wave Israeli flags, sing songs and recite psalms. 35 Bnei Menashe families live in Migdal HaEmek. Read More...

Aliyah from India: Aviel Tongkhohao Hangshing – the oldest Bnei Menashe to arrive in Israel

Aviel HangshingThe first in a new series of profiles of Bnei Menashe who have made aliyah recently and are living in the Kfar Hasidim absorption center. Meet Aviel Hangshing - at 93, the oldest Bnei Menashe to immigrate with Shavei Israel. Read More...

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”

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

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

Join the Bnei Menashe from India to Israel in new pictures

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund interviewed on Israel Radio