Bnei Menashe: Personal Stories

Sometimes teachers really connect with a particular subject matter, or specific population. And sometimes a teacher connects with both, in a remarkable way, that makes all the difference for their students. Meet Dalia Netzer, a wonderful, dedicated - and beloved - Hebrew teacher, who has...

Aviel Manlun, is a 29 year-old DJ in Jerusalem. A member of the Bnei Menashe community, Aviel made aliyah with his family, from Manipur, India, in 1994, when he was just two years old.    Aviel grew up with his family, his parents and older brother, in...

This week saw two in-person events at our Ma'ani Center after many months of mostly Zoom programs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The first was a tour of our new exhibit on the Kaifeng Jewish community. The tour, which was held in English, included a slide...

As the last leg of the 722 Bnei Menashe Aliyah is approaching, one family who will be on board with the group on the final flight is 66-year-old Head of Matiyang Village, Churachandpur, Mr. Reuben Haokip. Apart from his chieftainship role, he was employed by...

Shalom! My name is Meira Nemneikim Singson. From the moment I heard the news that I along with my remaining three children could be making aliyah this year, I have been filled with joy. My other children (three daughters) made Aliyah earlier this year and...

My name is Osher Singsit I am 49 years old, married, and my beautiful wife and I have 4 sons and 2 daughters. I served in the Indian army and retired in the year 2011. My younger brother and sister have already settled in Israel...

Batya Misao, 43, from Manipur in northeast India, has been dreaming about making aliyah to Israel for as long as she could remember. Once she married Samuel and they started a family, the dream grew to include their children, Ellan, 12; Leah, 9; Zohar, 5;...

Rakhem Haokip, a young father of two, has been waiting his whole life to make aliyah (immigrate) to Israel from his home in northeast India, something that every Bnei Menashe Jew longs for. Rakhem, along with his wife, Rivka, and their two children, Rakhel(2) and...

Reuven and Yokhevet Thongkhai Haokip from Nagaland, India, are anxiously awaiting their Aliyah date and the reunification of their family. When people ask them why they want to leave the good life they have in India, they respond: “If our father Avraham was willing to...

Ari Singson is the oldest brother of five. In 2018, his whole family, except for Ari himself, was able to make Aliyah thanks to Shavei Israel. They settled in Beit She'an, which was allotted to the tribe of Menashe in Torah times, which was and...