Join us in creating a Jewish kindergarten in Poland

Children getting ready to attend Gan Matanel in Lodz, PolandShavei Israel, in partnership with the Lodz Jewish community, is opening the first Jewish kindergarten in decades in the this Polish city, some 70 years after the Germans liquidated the Lodz Ghetto and sent its remaining Jews to Auschwitz. The new kindergarten, Gan Matanel, represents a renewal of the Jewish spirit in Poland as people continue to discover their Jewish roots and embrace their Jewish destiny. Learn how you can be a part of this special project. Read More...

Shavei Israel’s Jewish Roots book breaks records

When Shavei Israel announced the publication last week of its new book in Spanish, Do You Have Jewish Roots?, we expected a few hundred people to request a free download of the eBook version. But within 48 hours, so many people had clicked to receive their copy that the special website we set up had crashed. The system is back up and working. Here's the story of what happened. Read More...

IDF reaches out to Shavei Israel

For the first time, the commander of an Israel Defense Forces unit in charge of acclimatizing and integrating new immigrant soldiers into the army has reached out to Shavei Israel for help. The officer in charge of the "Michve Alon" army base in the north of Israel contacted Shavei Israel’s Rabbi Hanoch Avitzedek for assistance in understanding the unique needs of the growing number of Bnei Menashe soldiers who have joined the IDF in recent months. Read More...

From Kaifeng to the Kotel: Chinese Jews in Jerusalem

Chinese Jew Gideon Fan at the Western WallWhat made Li, Fan and Xue’s journey so unique was the history they were making, as they became the first group of Chinese Jews to join Israeli army since the modern rebirth of the Jewish state. Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund's article about this unique rite of passage, appeared originally in The Jerusalem Post's Friday Magazine. Read More...

Shavei video in the news: Bnei Menashe in Israel and India

Video clip of Bnei Menashe visiting the Western Wall for the first timeThe Internet has been all abuzz in the past few weeks with video about Shavei Israel. We wanted to share a few of those links with you. The video is from a group of Benie Menashe visiting the Western Wall for the first time. You can view it in both English and Hebrew. It's been seen more than 60,000 times on our Facebook page! Read More...

Shavei Israel publishes new book: “Do You Have Jewish Roots?”

Have you ever wondered if you might have Jewish roots? Is there a family tradition that seems unusual and that you don’t know where it comes from? Maybe your name is similar to other Jewish names from long ago? Shavei Israel is here to help. We have just published our first ever, practical guide to discovering your Jewish heritage. The new 109-page book, available in both print and eBook versions, is called simply “Do You Have Jewish Roots?” Read More...

Teaching Hebrew to Bnei Menashe in India

Merav Segal on previous visit to India to teach HebrewThe Israeli-developed system of immersive language learning, known as the ulpan, is recognized around the world as perhaps the best methodology for quickly mastering a new tongue. But the system has not always proven successful with newcomers from some Asian and African nations, including the Bnei Menashe. Shavei Israel has developed its own Hebrew methodology uniquely tailored to the new immigrants from India. Here is the story of how it was developed and Shavei's latest steps to bring Hebrew to the hills of Manipur. Read More...

Shavei Israel returns to Peru with new outreach to the Bnei Moshe

In 2002, then-Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau paid a hospital visit to a very unusual man: his features were clearly Peruvian, but he also had peyot (traditional Jewish sidelocks). Unfamiliar with this combination of facial features and hair, Rabbi Lau turned to the man and asked plainly, “Who are you?” The man replied, “I am from the Bnei Moshe. We are from Peru.” “How can I help you?” Rabbi Lau asked. “Please help my family, my relatives and my community to come to Israel,” the man said. Who are the Bnei Moshe and how can Shavei Israel help bring them home? Read More...

Shavei Israel seminar for Polish Jewish teens in Warsaw

When Shavei Israel held its last “Teen Shabbaton” in Warsaw, the universal takeaway from the 18 Polish teenagers who participated was “When can we do it again?” That was in January. After a cold six months of Polish winter, the summer has finally arrived – and so has the next teen event, which was held earlier in July. Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis provides the details. Read More...

PICTURES: Subbotnik Jews of Visoky and Rodnikovskaya, Russia

Aryeh with Subbotnik Jew during morning minyan in Visoky.Shavei Israel’s new emissary to the Subbotnik Jewish community in southern Russia, Aryeh Khodorkovsky, has been keeping busy during his first month in Visoky. He's sent us pictures of some of his activities. Also in Russia, historian Eldad Fedorchuk has just completed his visit to Rodnikovskaya. He sent us pictures too. Read More...

Meet Rabbi Yeshayahu Bin Nun, Shavei Israel’s new emissary to Brazil

Shavei Israel launches new book series for Bnei Menashe

VIDEO: Bnei Menashe visit Joseph’s Tomb

The path to aliyah – Indian style

Fundamentally Freund: When Manasseh’s children visited Joseph’s Tomb