Other Communities

This section of our website is the place to learn about other Jewish communities around the world where Shavei Israel is not specifically involved. Below you’ll find these communities organized according to region and country. So far, there are only two regions listed – we’ll be adding others over time.

Africa

The African continent has a rich Jewish history. The best known communities, of course, are in Ethiopia and South Africa, but Jews have lived in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and other countries. While Shavei Israel is not active in Africa, you can explore the links to the right to learn more.

Asia

The large continent of Asia is home to perhaps the largest contingent of Jewish communities – some well known and others with a more tenuous hold on Jewish tradition. Shavei Israel specifically supports two communities in this region: the Bnei Menashe who live in northeastern India, and the Kaifeng Jews of China. In this section, we will look at some of the other Jewish (and would-be Jewish) communities in Asia. Please click the links to the right to explore further.

Caribbean

There are a number of Jewish communities in the Caribbean. All of them were settled by Bnei Anousim who, fleeing the Inquisition, traveled with Columbus and other Spanish explorers to the New World. Some even suggest that Columbus himself was a “hidden Jew.” In this section, we look at the Jewish history of the some of the more important islands in the Caribbean, tracing it from the late 15th century until the present day.

Europe

Most of the Jewish communities Shavei Israel works with in Europe are listed in our main category section – these include the Bnei Anousim, the Hidden Jews of Poland, and the Subbotnik Jews. There are also a number of communities in Europe where Shavei Israel is not active but which you can learn more about by clicking one of the links to the right.