Bnei Menashe

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...

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, or, literally, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is also called Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot, which means 'New Year for the Trees'. Tree planting, fruit eating, special ‘seders’ for the holiday and other celebrations of nature and...

Twenty-four Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom recently immigrated to Israel from northeastern India, were remarried this week in a festive and emotional group ceremony, one of our largest ever, at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Goren, in the north of Israel, after completing their...

One of the traditional costumes worn by women in Mizoram state in Northeast India is the dress called "Puan." Puans have always been an intrinsic part of the Mizo wardrobe. After Mizo people progressed from the "Siapsuap" (a grass skirt) to fabric clothing, puan became...

Despite many challenges, we were blessed to bring hundreds of Bnei Menashe from India to Israel this year, including 262 in October. These new olim (immigrants) celebrated their very first Chanukah in Israel in our absorption center in Goren in the north. A number of...

Following their aliyah to Israel in October and formal conversion to Judaism, six Bnei Menashe couples who were already married in India get a chance to step under the chuppah again in a “second” wedding ceremony according to Jewish Law in our absorption center 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...

Yehuda Singson, a member of the Bnei Menashe community, made aliyah from Manipur, India, in 2007 with the help of Shavei Israel.   Initially settling in Pardes Chana, the then 30 year old moved to Maalot where he studied in the yeshiva and eventually married his wife,...

When 235 Bnei Menashe arrived earlier this month, there were actually 261 who were expected. A number of them were unable to make the flight due to Covid-19, and a few had passport issues that caused delays.  Thankfully, those who had Covid all tested negative, and...

The holidays are an especially challenging time for Jews of choice in Israel who are working hard on their conversion and are often unable to work during this intense time.  To make it easier and create a truly warm feeling, the staff at Shavei Israel in...