Shavei Israel publishes Shabbat guide in Italian

Cover of new Shavei Birkon in ItalianShavei 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

Dancing for HavdalahRabbi Avi Baumol, Shavei Israel's emissary to Krakow, Poland, accompanied our annual summer seminar to Israel for young Polish Jews. He describes his experience with the group in this article, which also demonstrates Rabbi Baumol's "other" career - he is now a licensed Israeli tourguide! Read More...

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

GravestoneBefore World War 2, the population of the small Polish town of Wolbrom was more than a third Jewish. But, by the end of the Holocaust, the Nazis had murdered nearly the entire Jewish community. Of the 7-member Narcissus family, only the oldest, 16-year-old Naftali, survived by fleeing Wolbrom before the Germans arrived. The Narcissus presence in Wolbrom has now returned. Naftali's son Albert recently dedicated a memorial in the Wolbrum Jewish cemetery with the help of Shavei Israel. Read More...

Shavei in the news: Hebrew press covers Bnei Menashe aliyah

Immigrants meet at airportShavei Israel's support of the Bnei Menashe and their recent aliyah flights have been all over the Israeli news this week. The Israeli website Ynet published an article on the Bnei Menashe which includes a video interview. There is also coverage in the Yediot HaSharon newspaper, and a new video that follows our former emissary to India Yochanan Phaltual as he makes aliyah. Read More...

Shavei Israel researcher publishes study looking at motivation among immigrants from India and Peru

Shavei researcher Dr. Efrat Kedem“Is motivation essential for creating new lifestyles?” While the question may seem a general one, for Dr. Efrat Kedem, it has been anything but. Kedem has been researching the role of motivation with a specific group of young women who have immigrated to Israel with the assistance of Shavei Israel. Over a period of five years, from 2008-2013, Kedem tracked 30 women from two communities: the Bnei Menashe from northeastern India, and the Bnei Moshe, who hail from Peru. Read More...

PICTURES: Shavei Israel’s summer seminar for young Polish Jews

Polish seminar participants sift through archaeological treasures in JerusalemWhat was the highlight of your summer vacation? While it’s still only early August, for 21 young Poles with Jewish roots, the answer is already clear: Israel. Shavei Israel’s annual summer seminar in Israel for a group of “Hidden Jews” of Poland concluded last week. The group traveled up and down the country as they toured, studied and discovered the beauty of the Jewish people. A summary + pictures. Read More...

Shavei Israel moves to new location

Entrance to new Shavei Israel officeAfter ten years in the Heichal Shlomo building adjacent to Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue, Shavei Israel has moved to new, more spacious offices to better support our growing number of activities in Israel and abroad. Shavei Israel's Machon Miriam Spanish and Portuguese-language Institute for Conversion and Return has moved as well. Read More...

Bnei Menashe rally in Migdal HaEmek in support of the IDF

Bnei Menashe rally in IndiaAs Operation Protective Edge continues in Gaza, the Bnei Menashe rallied last week to show their support for the Israel Defense Forces. 25 Bnei Menashe joined another 200 residents of Migdal HaEmek to wave Israeli flags, sing songs and recite psalms. 35 Bnei Menashe families live in Migdal HaEmek. Read More...

Aliyah from India: Aviel Tongkhohao Hangshing – the oldest Bnei Menashe to arrive in Israel

Aviel HangshingThe first in a new series of profiles of Bnei Menashe who have made aliyah recently and are living in the Kfar Hasidim absorption center. Meet Aviel Hangshing - at 93, the oldest Bnei Menashe to immigrate with Shavei Israel. Read More...

Shavei Israel’s 2014 summer seminar for young Polish Jews starts tomorrow in Jerusalem

Shavei Israel opens its first Internet radio station – in Portuguese

Shavei Israel profile: Bnei Menashe social worker Esther Colney follows a family tradition

Shavei Israel receives Natan grant

Post army trek results in marriage…and new Shavei Israel emissary to El Salvador