Amazon Jewry

We wrote about the Bissato family, Yehoshua, 45, Chana, 36, and their daughter Leah, 10, when they arrived in Israel from Caxias do Sul, Brazil. The former pastors' unusual path actually led them away from the teachings they grew up on and onto a path towards...

Shavei Israel communities, along with the rest of the Jewish world, just celebrated Lag B’Omer – a meaningful and beautiful holiday related to the personality of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, one of the most eminent disciples of Rabbi Akiva and the author of the mystical...

As part of our efforts to assist and strengthen emerging Jewish communities in Latin America and Spain, Shavei Israel has organized a very special series of Jewish leadership seminars in Spanish, focused around Torah, Judaism and the holidays. The program is especially for the rabbis...

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, or, literally, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is also called Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot, which means 'New Year for the Trees'. Tree planting, fruit eating, special ‘seders’ for the holiday and other celebrations of nature and...

We're thrilled to work with the Jews of Tarapoto, Peru, whose origin is the Amazon. In particular, we have just celebrated the bar mitzvah of Baruch Ben-Shachar Pérez, who turned thirteen and is now considered, according to halacha (Jewish law), responsible for his actions. And...

When Efrat and Chaim Menjivar came to Israel two years ago from their native San Salvador, they couldn't imagine the joy they would be experiencing a mere two years later. Efrat and Chaim, students at our Machon Miriam, shared their exciting news with us: the...