Bnei Menashe bake matzah in India

Bnei Menashe bake matzah in India

Members of the Bnei Menashe Jewish community in India, who claim descent from one of Israel’s ten lost tribes, have started preparing for Passover.

The Bnei Menashe community came together on Thursday to bake matzah at the Shavei Israel center in Churachandpur, a district in the northeastern state of Manipur.

“The experience of seeing the entire community kneading, rolling, and then baking the dough — all as the timer calls out the minutes — is amazing,” said Ohaliav Haokip, 31, of Churachandpur. “Everyone present can feel the pressure of baking the matzah in time — it’s reminiscent of Biblical times, and our forefathers’ hurrying to flee Egypt.”

In February, Shavei Israel helped 102 Bnei Menashe members immigrate to Israel. More than 1,200 Shavei Israel has made it possible for more than 1,200 Bnei Menashe to make aliyah in the last four years.

“We hope that after 27 centuries of exile, the remaining 7,000 Bnei Menashe still in India will be able to celebrate Passover next year in Jerusalem,” Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund.

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The matza making extravaganza in India was covered extensively in the Jewish press. Here are links to some of our favorites:


Israel National News

The Times of Israel


The St. Louis Jewish News

The Jewish Press