Aliyah

The Shavei Israel organization is committed to being involved in the important task of promoting Aliyah to Israel.

 

There are three main populations that the organization is working with in this regard. Shavei Israel also sees the initial absorption as an important part of fostering aliyah, in addition to the crucial preparation and learning done in their home country as an important aspect of the initial absorption process.

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Bnei Menashe

 

Members of this community emigrate to Israel by government decision. Shavei Israel sends emissaries and rabbis from the Bnei Menashe, as well as rabbis employed by the organization with the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, who give lessons on Judaism, tradition, Israeli holidays and everything related to the spiritual arena.

 

In addition, the emissaries teach and prepare aliyah candidates for life in Israel, including explanations about the health system, social welfare, elementary education, academic education, social security, employment services and options in Israel, the proper use of money and more.

 

We also send teachers to India to teach Hebrew to aliyah candidates, a protocol of lessons has been developed through the “Zoom” app in recent years, and many of the lessons are also delivered remotely.

 

The teachers also teach Israeli cultural songs and dances.

 

Within the first few months of their immigration, the organization opens an absorption and conversion center for Bnei Menashe immigrants, funded by the Ministry of Absorption, and within three months all immigrants complete the conversion process.

 

The conversion period is relatively short because the Bnei Menashe have lived as a religious Jewish community for many years and, thanks to the efforts of Shavei Israel, they arrive almost completely ready for the conversion process. From among the members of the community, only those who have been examined by the rabbis and recommended as ready for conversion come.

 

After three months, they change their status in Israel.

 

Even after leaving the absorption center and moving to permanent housing organized in coordination with Shavei Israel, the Absorption Ministry and the local authority, the Shavei Israel organization continues to help and accompany immigrants in learning the Hebrew language, education, health, welfare, employment, social security, and everything necessary for a better absorption.

 

Subbotniks

 

The organization has been working for many years for the aliyah (immigration to Israel) of the Subbotnik Jews from Russia. Only in the middle of 2022 did a massive aliyah of Subbotnik Jews begin. In 2022 as well as in 2023, to date about 140 people have immigrated to Israel and we believe that by the end of the year more will immigrate.

 

Shavei Israel employs an emissary who works with the Subbotniks in Russia and who explains to them about life in Israel. He goes over all areas of life and describes the places that will receive them. All preparation for immigration is done in coordination with Israel’s  Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption.

 

When the immigrants arrive in Israel, Shavei Israel continues to assist them in all the areas they’d received guidance on in Russia, purchasing electrical equipment for theirapartments and accompanying them in the first years of their immigration.

 

Bnei Anousim

 

Shavei Israel helps the Bnei Anousim (Conversos) from Latin American countries who are entitled to immigrate to Israel to make aliyah, and also helps them undergo conversion to Judaism when they arrive in Israel at our conversion centers.

 

The organization employs an emissary in Colombia who works in all the Anousim communities in South America.

 

The organization operates conversion centers for Bnei Anousim, takes care of preparing them for aliyah and accompanies them in their first steps in Israel.

 


Conversion institute for English Speakers

 

Recently the organization opened a conversion class for English speakers. The class was approved by the Rabbinate which supports its operation.

 

Apart from the conversion topics studied, Shavei Israel deals with the preparation for aliyah both in the religious and social fields.

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Another new branch of the Bnei Akiva movement was recently launched! After similar successes in other northern communities, this new chapter is again intended for the Bnei Menashe community who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India, this time for those in Tiberias. About 70 kids from......

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As part of the expanded Shavei Israel online programming to provide services for our communities throughout the world, we have been holding a wonderful Zoom series in Spanish. In the following excerpt, hear from Federico Pipman, who made aliyah from Argentina 11 years ago, as......

Translation of a moving interview with Pnina Tamano Shata, Israel’s Minister of Aliya and Absorption, as she shares in the grief of the family of the late Yoel Lhanghel z”l of the Bnei Menashe who was murdered in cold blood in Kiryat Shmona a few......

The government of Israel approved the proposal of Minister of Immigration and Absorption Pnina Tamano-Shata to bring members of the Bnei Menashe community on aliyah. It is considered an emergency operation and the immigrants are expected to undergo a 3-month absorption process and then move......

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