A chocolate Seder? Pesach activities for Bnei Anousim and “Hidden Jews” of Poland

Shavei emissary to Poland Rabbi Avi Baumol reviews new t-shirt for Krakow JCCHow did the communities that Shavei Israel supports celebrate Passover this year? Last week, we told you about the historic, first-ever community Pesach Seder being held in Kaifeng, China. Here’s a look at what’s happening with our emissaries in Poland, and with the Bnei Anousim in Spain, Portugal, Italy and South America. Read More...

First ever community Seder to be held in Kaifeng

Shavei Chairman Michael Freund with Aviona Hakarmi-Weinberg and Chinese JewsThe Jewish community in Kaifeng will be holding its first-ever community Seder this Passover. Nearly 100 members of this ancient Chinese Jewish community are expected to attend the Seder, which is being sponsored by Shavei Israel and will be conducted by 28-year-old Tzuri (Heng) Shi, one of the 7 young Chinese Jewish men whom Shavei Israel helped make aliyah and return to Judaism over the past several years. Read More...

Shavei Israel Profile: Aviona Hakarmi-Weinberg – teaching Judaism and Hebrew in China

With Chinese friend in BeijingAviona Hakarmi-Weinberg is Shavei Israel's new emissary to the Jewish community in Kaifeng, China. In this profile we learn about her passion for Chinese, her commitment to Judaism, and some of her insights into what makes the Kaifeng community tick. Read More...

Shavei Israel publishes holiday prayer book for Passover in Portuguese

Cover of new Pesach machzor for Portuguese-speaking Bnei AnousimPassover is coming and Shavei Israel is helping Portuguese-speaking Bnei Anousim prepare for the holiday with a new machzor (holiday prayer book) specifically for the festival of freedom. The machzor was prepared by David Salgado and Rabbi Moshe Elmescany, and published by Amazonia Judaica. It will be distributed primarily in South America. Read More...

Shavei Israel now offering online Hebrew classes to Polish speakers

Flyer advertising online Hebrew classes in PolishShavei Israel has started offering Hebrew classes over the Internet for the “Hidden Jews” of Poland. The Hebrew classes, like our recently opened mini-yeshiva, are taught by Rabbi Yitzhak Rapoport, a former Shavei emissary to Poland who continues to work with the Polish Jewish community from his home near Jerusalem. Read More...

Fundamentally Freund: The first Chinese rabbi in 200 years

Yaakov Want and Michael Freund in the Kaifeng Jewish cemetaryShavei Israel Chairman visited the Jews of Kaifeng, China last week. In this column that originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post, he reports on his visit, and on the remarkable history - and future - of one of the most far flung and remarkable Jewish communities in the world. Read More...

Shavei Israel celebrates Purim 2014

O Rabino Avi Baumol lê a Meguilá em Cracóvia.Every year, when Purim comes around, Shavei Israel communities around the world celebrate big time. The Megillah readings, outlandish costumes, extravagant parties, sumptuous kosher food, and far out festivities never cease to amaze us. And so, as we do every year, here’s a selection of some of the best Purim photos sent to us from our emissaries in some of the most far flung places on the planet. Read More...

Shavei Israel scholarship project: Nadia Shishliannikov to study law and business

Nadia ShishliannikovIn the second of a two part series, we profile Nadia Shishliannikov, a young Subbotnik Jew in Israel to whom Shavei Israel has given a generous scholarship to assist with her education. Nadia is 22-years old and made aliyah from Russia in 1999 at the age of seven. She is studying law and business. Read More...

Shavei Israel scholarship project: Vitaly Grigorenko to study environmental engineering in Jerusalem

Vitaly in his lab at Hadassah College in JerusalemShavei Israel has given two young Subbotnik Jews in Israel generous scholarships to assist them with their education. Here is a profile of one of the two: Vitaly Grigorenko, 27, who made aliyah from Voronezh in southern Russia in 2003. He is studying to become an environmental engineer in Jerusalem. Read More...

Fundamentally Freund: Here come the Subbotnik Jews

Subbotnik Jews at school in IsraelJust in time for Purim, when we celebrate the ancient deliverance of the Jewish people, a long-suffering Jewish community has received some remarkably good tidings. After nearly a decade of bureaucratic torment and agony, the remaining Subbotnik Jews of the former Soviet Union will at last be coming home to the Jewish state. Read More...

El Salvador hosts star-studded “congress” for Bnei Anousim

Shavei Israel sponsors weekend Shabbaton in Brindisi, Italy

Polish mini-yeshiva to open online

Shavei Israel publishes new Purim booklet in Spanish

Landver: Russia’s Subbotnik community should make aliyah