Our Activities

Shavei Israel activities include:

  • Dispatch of Representatives: Shavei Israel sponsors rabbis and teachers to work with various groups of “lost Jews” in places as far afield as India and the Iberian peninsula. Shavei Israel rabbis are currently posted in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Russia and  Poland.
  • Machon Miriam: For those seeking to undergo formal conversion to Judaism, Shavei Israel offers various educational options in Israel, including Machon Miriam, the only Spanish-language conversion and return institute in Jerusalem. Dozens of Spanish and Portuguese crypto-Jews graduate from Machon Miriam each year, and proceed to undergo formal conversion by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.
  • Bet Miriam: Is a social and cultural club for Bnei Menashe located near Jerusalem. Shavei Israel offers a variety of courses at Bet Miriam such as computers, English, Hebrew and Judaism. During vacation periods, there are day camps for the children and throughout the entire year, there are special activities for teenagers.
  • Publications: Shavei Israel has published newsletters, magazine and books in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Polish, Yiddish, Mizo Kuki and Portuguese.
  • Traveling Seminars: Shavei Israel runs a series of roving seminars aimed at reaching out the lost Jews and helping them to return to Judaism. Seminars have been held in Spain, Portugal, Poland and India.
  • Virtual communities: Shavei Israel has created virtual communities where those seeking to return to the Jewish people can find educational material,  newsletters, lessons on YouTube and Facebook,  as well as live “virtual chats” with rabbis, scholars and historians.
  • AliyahShavei Israel is there to lend a helping hand. Shavei Israel remains in close contact with new immigrants, offering both material and spiritual assistance such as loans, financial aid, employment counseling and various group activities.

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