Genetic study proves Jews are a people

Itsik Pe'er, one of the researchers who worked on the ground breaking studyA dramatic new study concludes that all Ashkenazi Jews can trace their ancestry to a “bottleneck” of just 350 individuals, dating back to between 600 and 800 years ago. The study, which was conducted by several Israeli researchers, puts to rest a long standing debate over the origins of European Ashkenazi Jews. The study also holds great promise to address genetic diseases common to Jews with Ashkenazi backgrounds. Read More...

Bnei Menashe receive needed items at Kfar Hasidim

The full group The “Bridges for Peace” organization visited the Bnei Menashe who are living at the Kfar Hasidim absorption center to distribute a variety of items the new immigrants need. For the new school year, there were schoolbags and bibles. For the coming winter, blankets and stoves. Basic food products were also included. Read More...

Thirty Bnei Menashe couples tie the knot this summer in Israel

Signing the ketubaDuring the month of July, thirty Bnei Menashe couples were married at the Kfar Hasidim absorption center in Israel. For most of the happy brides and grooms, it was not their first wedding. But, having recently rejoined the Jewish people, it was the first ceremony for these “newlyweds” conducted according to Jewish Law. We met some of the Bnei Menashe who tied the knot the summer. Read More...

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

Yaakov and Yehudit Misao at Kfar HasidimYaakov Misao’s grandfather may have been the first Bnei Menashe to set foot in the Holy Land in nearly 2,700 years when he visited Israel as part of the British Navy during World War Two. 70 years later, Yaakov is now living not far from the same Haifa port where his grandfather landed. Yaakov and his wife Yehudit are among the 250 Bnei Menashe who have made aliyah this year with Shavei Israel's help. A profile of the Misao family. Read More...

Shavei Israel publishes Shabbat guide in Italian

Portada del Birkon en ItalianoShavei 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

Shavei Israel moves to new location

Bnei Menashe rally in Migdal HaEmek in support of the IDF

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

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