WATCH: Bnei Menashe on emotional first visit to Jerusalem

At the Western Wall: clip from new video documenting the Bnei Menashe's first visit to JerusalemWhen the Bnei Menashe arrive at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport after the long flight from India, Shavei Israel’s buses transport them directly to their new life in the Kfar Hasidim absorption center in the north of the country. There, the new immigrants jump straight into a schedule of Hebrew ulpan for the adults, kindergarten and elementary school for the young ones, and a multitude of classes on key Jewish topics for both. The one thing that’s missing in this hectic program is a visit to perhaps the single most important place that the Bnei Menashe have been dreaming about for so many years: Jerusalem. Watch their dream come true in this new video. Read More...

Russia’s Subbotnik Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana with new Shavei Israel publications

Young Subbotnik Jew in Beit ShemeshShavei Israel has just released two new publications for the Subbotnik Jewish communities in Russia and Israel: a new Jewish calendar in Russian and a booklet about the High Holy Days, covering Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, also in Russian. The publications were put to use during a pre-Rosh Hashana celebration in Beit Shemesh. We have pictures and a story. Read More...

A Chinese Jewish New Year

Dipping an apple in a bowl of honey and blowing the shofar are two of the most iconic images of the Jewish New Year. But those customs are nothing short of miraculous when they take place so far from Israel or other large Diaspora Jewish communities that they are literally on the other side of the world. A report on this year's Rosh Hashana celebrations in Kaifeng, China. Read More...

Michael Freund on the Yishai Fleisher radio show

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund was a guest on the Yishai Fleisher radio show on September 22, 2014. Michael spoke about the activities of Shavei Israel. You can listen to the interview here: Read More...

Genetic study proves Jews are a people

Itsik Pe'er, one of the researchers who worked on the ground breaking studyA dramatic new study concludes that all Ashkenazi Jews can trace their ancestry to a “bottleneck” of just 350 individuals, dating back to between 600 and 800 years ago. The study, which was conducted by several Israeli researchers, puts to rest a long standing debate over the origins of European Ashkenazi Jews. The study also holds great promise to address genetic diseases common to Jews with Ashkenazi backgrounds. Read More...

Bnei Menashe receive needed items at Kfar Hasidim

The full group The “Bridges for Peace” organization visited the Bnei Menashe who are living at the Kfar Hasidim absorption center to distribute a variety of items the new immigrants need. For the new school year, there were schoolbags and bibles. For the coming winter, blankets and stoves. Basic food products were also included. Read More...

Thirty Bnei Menashe couples tie the knot this summer in Israel

Signing the ketubaDuring the month of July, thirty Bnei Menashe couples were married at the Kfar Hasidim absorption center in Israel. For most of the happy brides and grooms, it was not their first wedding. But, having recently rejoined the Jewish people, it was the first ceremony for these “newlyweds” conducted according to Jewish Law. We met some of the Bnei Menashe who tied the knot the summer. Read More...

Aliyah from India: Yaakov Misao – a Bnei Menashe immigrant 70 years in the making

Yaakov and Yehudit Misao at Kfar HasidimYaakov Misao’s grandfather may have been the first Bnei Menashe to set foot in the Holy Land in nearly 2,700 years when he visited Israel as part of the British Navy during World War Two. 70 years later, Yaakov is now living not far from the same Haifa port where his grandfather landed. Yaakov and his wife Yehudit are among the 250 Bnei Menashe who have made aliyah this year with Shavei Israel's help. A profile of the Misao family. Read More...

Shavei Israel publishes Shabbat guide in Italian

Portada del Birkon en ItalianoShavei Israel has published its first comprehensive guide in Italian to the prayers, songs and customs of the Shabbat table for use primarily by the Bnei Anousim in Sicily and southern Italy. The birkon (the title is from the Hebrew for “blessing”) is centered around the full birkat hamazon (Grace after Meals), which is included in Hebrew, Italian and an Italian transliteration. The Sabbath Kiddush and Havdalah prayers appear as well. Read More...

VIDEO: Meet Yochanan Phaltual, Shavei Israel’s Indian emissary, now new Israeli immigrant

Yochanan PhaltualThere are few views sweeter than the sight of the Israeli coastline appearing on the horizon after miles of blue ocean, as glimpsed from high above on an airplane winging its way towards the Holy Land. How much more satisfying, then, for someone making aliyah after a decade of working on behalf of countless others who have come before him? Meet Yochanan Phaltual in this new video. Read More...

Shavei Israel emissary to Krakow Rabbi Baumol reports on our annual Polish summer seminar

Shavei Israel emissary to Poland helps family dedicate memorial to Jews from Wolbrom who were murdered in the Holocaust

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