Asia Tag

The history of Jewish settlement in Krygyzstan goes back as far as the 6th century CE when, according to the website BukharianJews.com, archeological evidence discovered by the Kyrgyz Academy of Science suggests that Jewish traders from Khazaria started visiting the Kyrgyz territory. In Kyrgyz tradition, the...

[caption id="attachment_6350" align="alignleft" width="289"] Bukharan Jews in 1890[/caption] The term “Bukharan Jews” refers to the Central Asian Jews of the political entity of Bukhara, those of Samarkand, and the Ferghana Valley. Today, the region is divided between the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan...

[caption id="attachment_6206" align="alignright" width="270" caption="The Yu Aw synagogue in Afghanistan's Herat quarter"][/caption] In addition to the historic Jewish roots of the Pathans (Pashtuns) described elsewhere on the Shavei Israel site, there is also speculation that the Afghan Royal Family has its roots in the tribe of...

There have been rumors for years that one of the 10 Lost Tribes migrated the land of the rising sun. While this claim is often dismissed as being fanciful, there are nevertheless a number of interesting articles worth reading....

[caption id="attachment_6051" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A hypothetical picture of Pathans at the Western Wall from Dr. Navras Aafreedi's website"][/caption] In the village of Malihabad, 25 kilometers from the Indian city of Lucknow, 650 Pathans claim to be descendents of the lost tribe of Ephraim, expelled...

[caption id="attachment_6046" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Tzadok Yacobi at the Western Wall in Jerusalem"][/caption] The Bnei Ephraim is a small community in rural India that claims to be the descendants of the biblical tribe of Ephraim, exiled from the land of Israel nearly 3,000 years ago....

The Donmeh is a Jewish community in Turkey numbering several thousand people who are descendants of the followers of the false messiah Shabtai Zvi. One of the group's members recently returned to Judaism in a ceremony in New York....

The Jerusalem Post Recently, at a small synagogue in New Jersey, a Jewish tragedy more than three centuries old came to an abrupt and long-awaited end. Standing before a rabbinical court, a “hidden Jew” from Turkey closed an historical circle by emerging from the shadows of the past and formally returning to the Jewish people. The young man in question, who now goes by his Hebrew name of Ari, is a member of the Donmeh, a community numbering several thousand people who are descendants of the followers of the false messiah Shabbetai Zvi.

India has a rich Jewish history, with the main Jewish communities formerly residing primarily in Mumbai (Bombay), Calcutta and Cochin. During the 1950s and 1960s, these communities nearly entirely immigrated to Israel. Shavei Israel works extensively with the Bnei Menashe who reside in...

Associated Press    SHAVEI SHOMRON, West Bank (AP) - Some 2,700 years ago, 10 of the 12 biblical tribes of Israel were driven from the Holy Land into exile and the mists of history. Now, a group claiming descent from one of the lost tribes can be found sitting in a bomb shelter in a West Bank Jewish settlement, learning Hebrew.