250 Bnei Menashe make aliyah in November – total for year is 660, the most ever!

“This was the first time I really understood what aliyah is all about,” said Tomer Yamtovich as he headed back to the bus after an emotionally uplifting hour of singing, dancing, clapping, hugging and unrestrained joy at Ben-Gurion Airport last week. Tomer is a student at the Kol Ami Israeli pre-army academy and he was talking about his experience greeting a flight of 50 Bnei Menashe new immigrants. Read More...

Shavei Israel on the “Voice of Israel” radio

Laura Ben-David with Bnei Menashe at Ben-Gurion AirportShavei Israel appeared on the new Internet radio station "Voice of Israel" twice in the last week. First, Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund gave an interview on the morning news program. Then Shavei Israel's director of marketing Laura Ben-David sat down for 20 minutes with Judy Lash Balint. Both interviews were about the Bnei Menashe. You can listen to them here. Read More...

Update from Sicily and southern Italy: 40 Bnei Anousim participate in Shabbaton, look forward to Hanukkah

Forty Bnei Anousim from Sicily and southern Italy participated in a two-day Shabbaton organized by Shavei Israel at the end of October. The weekend retreat was held in Palermo. We also look ahead to upcoming events for the Bnei Anousim and their Shavei Israel emissary, Rabbi Pinchas Punturello, including a return to the infamous Steri Palace for Hanukah candle lighting. Read More...

Celebrating comings and goings in El Salvador

El embajador Bass con un delegado municipalThe emerging Bnei Anousim community of El Salvador marked both an emotional coming and a going over the past several months. The “coming” was the welcoming of 13-year-old Ariel Beltran into adulthood, as the young man celebrated his bar mitzvah. The “going” was a moving ceremony in appreciation of Shmulik Bass, the Israeli ambassador to El Salvador, who concluded a three and a half year stint. Read More...

PICTURES: Bnei Menashe settling in to Upper Nazareth

When the Bnei Menashe are ready to leave the Shavei Israel absorption center at Kfar Hasidim, where they first land after making aliyah from India, they must have an appropriate community to move to. Among the municipalities close to Kfar Hasidim that now have Bnei Menashe populations are Migdal HaEmek and Akko (Acre). A third was recently added: Upper Nazareth. Here's a report from our coordinator for that city. Read More...

PREVIEW: First pictures from November’s Bnei Menashe aliyah

The aliyah from India is back - the first of several flights of Bnei Menashe new immigrants from the Indian state of Manipur landed last week. We have a few preview pictures below. Shavei Israel staff is now in India preparing another 200 immigrants who will be arriving during the month of November. We'll have more pictures and stories in the next issues of Roots. Read More...

Shavei Israel in the news – Poland edition

Rabbi Avi Baumol blows shofar in Poland - page from Mishpacha Magazine (in Hebrew)Shavei Israel’s activities in Poland have been mentioned several times in the news in the past few weeks. The Times of Israel has an article about how young Polish Jews are embracing their “hip” Jewish ancestry. The Polish television station ITV has a report about the renewed cemetery in Myslowice. And Mishpacha Magazine has a long article on Shavei Israel’s activities in Krakow. Read More...

Mazel tov! Subbotnik Jewish couple gets married in Russia

Israel and Elisheva enjoying their wedding meal and party.There is an old Russian custom to steal the shoe of a bride at her wedding. Then the bride or her family must “redeem” the shoe through a variety of different techniques. It’s all in good fun – even more so when the festivities are part of the small but vibrant Subbotnik Jewish community in southern Russia – which doesn’t see a lot of weddings. Here's the story of Serge (Israel) and Natalia (Elisheva) Zilnatzkov. Read More...

Aliyah from India: Elitzur Seikhogin Haokip

Elitzur Haokip and family before making aliyahWe continue our series of profiles of Bnei Menashe who have made aliyah in the past two years with Shavei Israel’s help. Elitzur Haokip made aliyah in November 2012 after two long careers, first in the Indian National Army and then at the "All India Radio" station in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur. "I was brought up according to traditional Manmashi customs," Elitzur explains, recalling the path that led him to Judaism and then to Israel. Read More...

Aliyah from India: Yoshi Thouthang and family

The Bnei Menashe aliyah is back! With G-d’s help, Shavei Israel will be bringing 247 new immigrants from northeastern India during the month of November. This will bring the total number of Bnei Menashe who have returned to Zion in 2014 to 660, the most ever in one year! As Shavei Israel staff prepares the Kfar Hasidim absorption center for the newest arrivals, we present a new series of profiles where we visit with some of the remarkable Bnei Menashe who have arrived in the last two years. Meet Yoshi Thouthang and family Read More...

PICTURES: Sukkot in Kaifeng, China

Afula takes first prize in 6th annual Bnei Menashe soccer tournament

Shavei Israel launches Bnei Menashe Translation Project with first book in Mizo

Happy Sukkot from Shavei Israel: is the biggest etrog in El Salvador?

PICTURES: Bnei Menashe visit Jerusalem for the first time