The path to aliyah – Indian style

The Jerusalem Post dedicated the cover story in this Friday's Magazine to the Bnei Menashe. Editor Laura Kelly traveled to India to report on the unfolding aliyah. She visited Churachandpur and then continued on the flights with the new immigrants to Israel. Read More...

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

Michael Freund at Joseph's Tomb with Bnei Menashe"It was after midnight one night earlier this month that I found myself on the way to a remarkable family reunion of historic proportions," writes Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund. A first-hand report of the visit of 100 Bnei Menashe to Joseph's Tomb. Read More...

Two communities, one celebration: Bat mitzvah girl adopts Bnei Menashe immigrants

Posing before the party (Becky in fuschia dress)Becky Melamed knows how tough it is to be a new immigrant. She arrived in Israel from New York with her family in 2009 when she was just six years old. So, as she was turning 12 and planning her bat mitzvah, she knew she wanted to give something back to other new immigrants who might have it even harder than she did. Here's the story of how Becky Melamed adopted ten Bnei Menashe new immigrants and made them an integral part of her bat mitzvah ceremony. Read More...

LISTEN: Michael Freund discusses Bnei Menashe aliyah on Israel Radio

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund was interviewed on Israel Radio's English language news program about the aliyah from India last week of 250 Bnei Menashe. The interview reviews the history of the Bnei Menashe, their Zionist commitment to Israel and Shavei Israel's success in bringing some 3,000 Bnei Menashe to Israel over the last decade. Read More...

PICTURES: 78 Bnei Menashe arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport on aliyah

Seventy-eight Bnei Menashe arrived in Israel last week. Another 80 arrived yesterday. Shavei Israel's director of marketing Laura Ben-David was at Ben-Gurion Airport last week and took some breathtaking photos of the Bnei Menashe as they first encountered their new home. You can see all the pictures on our Flickr page. Read More...

Bnei Menashe – in their own words: Makhir Thouthang, Saikul, Manipur

Makhir Thouthang and family - on their way to IsraelIt is happening! The Bnei Menashe aliyah has begun. Let's meet another Bnei Menashe family on its way to Israel this summer. Makhir Thouthang is from the village of Saikul in Manipur, India. His mother Milka taught him Bible stories when he was young while his father Efraim explained the Bnei Menashe's ancient connection to Israel. Makhir is looking forward to serving in the IDF when he makes aliyah. Here's his story. Read More...

3,000th Bnei Menashe touches down in Israel

MK Zeev Elkin (center) welcomes new Bnei Menashe immigrants to Ben-Gurion AirportSeventy-eight Bnei Menashe arrivals landed at Ben Gurion Airport. It is the first in a series of three flights, with the other two next week bringing the rest of some 250 arrivals in total. Thursday night’s group brought the number of Bnei Menashe immigrants to Israel to more than 3,000. The migrants were welcomed in a ceremony where Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin Read More...

With Spanish Citizenship Now For Sephardic Jews, Israel Needs To Welcome Bnei Anousim

Bnei Anousim in Palma de Mallorca, SpainSomewhere deep in the netherworld, Spanish King Ferdinand and his wife Queen Isabella are most assuredly burning with rage. Over five centuries after the cruel monarchs expelled the country's Jews in 1492, Spain has at last approved a law offering citizenship to their descendants, thereby extending a hand to the millions of people worldwide of Sephardic Jewish ancestry. An opinion piece by Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund. Read More...

Bnei Menashe – in their own words – Malka Sitlhou, Churachandpur, Manipur

Malka Sitlhou and family are praying to make aliyah soon!The countdown has begun! In just 7 days, Malka Sitlhou and her family will be reunited with Malka's sister, Rachel, who already lives in Israel with her family. Malka's father instilled in her the dream of aliyah. He sadly passed away before being able to make aliyah himself. We continue our series, “Bnei Menashe – in their own words," profiling Bnei Menashe families who ill be making aliyah in the coming days. You can help Malka by sponsoring her Bnei Menashe family for just $4,000 per immigrant. Read on and we'll tell you how. And meet Malka! Read More...

Journalists turn to Shavei Israel for background on Spanish law

Journalists looking for background on a new law passed last week in Spain granting the right of citizenship to Bnei Anousim have turned to Shavei Israel. Three articles appearing in The Jerusalem Post and JTA quote Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund on the new Spanish legislation, an attempt to rectify the draconian and often murderous decrees of the Inquisition beginning in 1492. Read More...

Bnei Menashe profiled in The Jewish World magazine

Bnei Menashe – in their own words: Eliezer Haokip, Mateyang, Manipur

Bnei Menashe – in their own words: Miriam Nenghoichong Haokip, Churachandpur, Manipur

Documentary highlights last Jews of Calcutta

Lost Tribe’s 2,700 Year “Family Reunion” at Joseph’s Tomb