Operation Menashe 2017: Zara Singson’s dreams of Israel a dream no longer
Zara Eleazer Singson is one of 100 Bnei Menashe making aliyah from India this November, as part of the next wave of Shavei Israel’s Operation Menashe. He has been living with his wife Tabitha and two sons Pinchas and Akiva in Churachandpur’s Beit Shalom community in the Indian state of Manipur. The family moved from the outlying Assam region to Churachandpur in 2002, Zara tells us, “in order to learn and practice Judaism.”
Zara works as a school bus driver. He writes that he enjoys doing carpentry in his free time.
Zara learned of his family’s Bnei Menashe roots when he was a child. His grandfather told him “we are descendants of Israel and one day we will return to our land.” Zara’s father, Yehoshua (of blessed memory) always encouraged him “to lead a good Jewish life,” he says. “But he passed away in 2013 after years of longing to make aliyah.”
Zara’s in-laws did make it to Israel, immigrating in 2014 with Shavei Israel’s help. “It’s been nearly two and a half years since we have seen each other,” he tells us. “B’ezrat Hashem – with G-d’s help – we will meet our dear ones soon in Israel, where we can fulfil the mitzvot [commandments] and serve our Almighty G-d wholeheartedly and peacefully.”
Zara says that, for the past 15 years, since he and his family became part of the Beit Shalom community, he “has not been able to regard this Diaspora as my true home. I continued to pray until my dreams are fulfilled.”
Most of all, though, he says, “I carry the unfulfilled dream of my father with us as we prepare to make aliyah. All our prayers have been towards realizing that dream.”
In the coming weeks, we will be profiling more Bnei Menashe community members who will be arriving in November. And we’ll be reporting directly from India as Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund flies to Manipur with several international journalists to chronicle this turning point in the lives of another 100 dreamers who never gave up – and our finally receiving their long-awaited reward.
Flights, of course, are prohibitively expensive – especially when so many Bnei Menashe are coming at once – as are the initial financial aid packages we provide for the new immigrants and the entire aliyah and absorption process.
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