Aliyah from India: Yoshi Thouthang and family

The Bnei Menashe aliyah is back! With G-d’s help, Shavei Israel will be bringing 247 new immigrants from northeastern India during the month of November. This will bring the total number of Bnei Menashe who have returned to Zion in 2014 to 660, the most ever in one year! As Shavei Israel staff prepares the Kfar Hasidim absorption center for the newest arrivals, we present a new series of profiles where we visit with some of the remarkable Bnei Menashe who have arrived in the last two years. Meet Yoshi Thouthang and family Read More...

PICTURES: Sukkot in Kaifeng, China

Mother blessing her daughterHow does the Kaifeng Jewish community celebrate Sukkot? The same way Jews do all over the world - by sleeping and eating in a sukka (the temporary structure built to commemorate the Israelites' 40 year sojourn in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt), surrounded by friends, family and ushpizin (Aramaic for "guests"). We have a few pictures from this year's Sukkot festivities in Kaifeng. Read More...

Afula takes first prize in 6th annual Bnei Menashe soccer tournament

The sixth annual Bnei Menashe soccer tournament took place last week in Israel. Eight teams from each of the Bnei Menashe communities in Israel competed with Afula F.C. taking home first place folllowed by Bnei Menashe teams from Migdal HaEmek and Beit El. The annual competition provides the Bnei Menashe communities an opportunity to get together and make new friends, explains the organizer, Rabbi Gurion Sela. Read More...

Shavei Israel launches Bnei Menashe Translation Project with first book in Mizo

Inside of Hilchot TeshuvaFor the first time ever, Maimonides’ seminal text Hilchot Teshuva (the Laws of Repentance) has been translated into Mizo, one of the two main languages spoken by the Bnei Menashe. The new text is just the start of an ambitious new project to translate dozens of key Jewish texts for the Bnei Menashe. The next book to be translated covers practical halacha and will be in Kuki. Read More...

Happy Sukkot from Shavei Israel: is the biggest etrog in El Salvador?

Outside of the sukkaIt's customary during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot to buy what are known as "the four species" - lulav (a palm frond), hadass (leaves from a myrtle tree), aravah (leaves from a willow tree) and etrog (a large yellow citron). Well we have a picture of an etrog that may be the biggest we've seen yet. It's in El Salvador where Shavei Israel is assisting a small community of Bnei Anousim. Read More...

PICTURES: Bnei Menashe visit Jerusalem for the first time

When a recent group of Bnei Menashe immigrants visited Jerusalem for the first time, we sent our photographer to capture the excitement. Here is a selection of photos that evoke the atmosphere of that special day. Read More...

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

Bnei Menashe receive needed items at Kfar Hasidim

Thirty Bnei Menashe couples tie the knot this summer in Israel

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

Shavei Israel publishes Shabbat guide in Italian