Bnei Anusim

Little Moshe Muñoz, a three-year-old in Ecuador, just got his first haircut and he is very excited. It wasn't just a haircut, though. There is a special custom that many Jews have of waiting until a boy is three to cut his hair for the...

The Midrash lists four reasons the children of Israel were allowed to leave Egypt, one of which is that they did not change their language. Preservation of the unique language has for generations strengthened the connection between Jews wherever they were found. He distinguished the...

Each Shabbat Jewish families around the world begin their meals with wine delicious loaves of sacramental bread, called challah. Here's a recipe from our community in Chile, translated to English, for you to make and enjoy on your next Shabbat. Challah (Jala) Recipe from Chile (2...

Recently Shavei Israel participated in the Symposium "The Return of the Bnei Anusim" moderated by our chairman Michael Freund and with the participation of experts on the subject such as Genie Milgrom, Ashley Perry, Rav Yehoram Ulman and Rav Eliahu Birenbaum who shared with us...

The Ma'ani Center of Shavei Israel presents "Tracing Your Jewish Roots Through Catholic Records and the Inquisition" with our dear friend Genie Milgrom. Genie was born in Cuba and in her conference she shares the fascinating story of her return to her heritage. Here are her...

After almost three years of research, Dr. Idan Pérez has edited and published the Sidur Catalonia. The prayer book is based on six manuscripts from the 14th-16th centuries and constitutes the recovery of the ancient Nussach Catalonia, the Jewish custom of the prayers used by...

As part of the expanded Shavei Israel online programming to provide services for our communities throughout the world, we have been holding a wonderful Zoom series in Spanish. In the following excerpt, hear from Federico Pipman, who made aliyah from Argentina 11 years ago, as...

Yitzchak De Oliveira is our representative in Portugal and responsible for Shavei Israel’s ‘Anusim House’ in the city of Belmonte. Recently, Yitzchak was certified as a kashrut supervisor, and participated in the production process and eventually the presentation of the new Castelo Rodrigo wine. In November, the...