Bnei Anousim

A spontaneous visit to our Jerusalem offices by ten people representing two Norwegian interest groups turned into an interesting lecture about Lost and Hidden Jews, and a real learning experience.  Arvid Bjerga, who set up Shavei Israel’s Norwegian branch almost three years ago, was present in...

The Shavei Israel Maani Center hosted the fascinating lecture entitled “Bnei Anusim, Past and Present” by our dear Edith Blaustein. It is important that from both a personal, and a national level we must not forget the past of the Jewish people; let us learn...

"The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography" by Susan Chevlowe (2005) is a beautiful photographic coffee table book. Featuring ten photographic and video projects by emerging and mid-career artists, all commissioned by The Jewish Museum, the book presents a range of provocative discussions of the...

Shavei Israel, together with the Beit Midrash Sephardi, have appointed Rabbi Eliyahu Franco as a new emissary to El Salvador, where he has taken up his position to work to strengthen Jewish life in the country. More than 500 years after their Iberian Jewish ancestors were...

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...

It was a very special Chanukah in the emerging Jewish community of Shmaya v'Avtalyon in Armenia, El Salvador, a city not far from the capital, San Salvador.  Beginning with the bar mitzvah of Ariel Guevara, on the first night of Chanukah, where literally lighting the Chanukah...

This year, as always, we were inundated with photos and videos of light and celebration from our communities around the world as they celebrated the holiday of Chanukah.  Some highlights from this year are the many photos we received from emerging communities in Latin America, and...

Converts: The Journey of Becoming Jewish, a Holyland Productions film, follows several non-Jews from around the world as they go through the conversion process.  The film takes us behind the scenes on their journey of self-discovery as they negotiate relationships with family, friends and significant others....