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Dear Friends:   This time of year is emotionally stretched.  Pulled.  Other years I would have said emotionally rich.  Pesach, then Yom Hashoah for the Holocaust, then Yom Hazikaron for the fallen, then Yom Haatsmaut, Independence Day.  Enjoyment, searing pain, pain with pride and joyful pride.  That...

Herzog Global has created beautiful posters of Israel for displaying in classrooms and school corridors. Each poster includes a meaningful quote from the Tanakh about the location of the photo, and a QR code linking to a video by Rabbi Alan Haber about that it...

Our conversion students in Machon Milton went on a moving and emotional trip to Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem in the days leading up to Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.   Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, director of Machon Milton, brought the group and arranged for a wonderful...

Like in previous years, this Passover our communities all over the world enjoyed the holiday, though perhaps more subdued than usual with the very real situation of war in Israel and 133 hostages remaining in captivity in Gaza. Extra prayers were said and empty seats set...

Another new branch of the Bnei Akiva movement was recently launched! After similar successes in other northern communities, this new chapter is again intended for the Bnei Menashe community who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India, this time for those in Tiberias. About 70 kids from the...

Practice makes perfect! Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, director of Machon Milton, our English-speaking Jewish conversion program in partnership with the Rabbinical Council of America, ran a mock-Seder this past week for the Machon Milton students. [video width="480" height="848" mp4="https://www.shavei.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/WhatsApp-Video-2024-04-18-at-11.57.05_6450d5f5.mp4"][/video] The event was fun, and participants reported the added confidence...

Shavei Israel had the honor of having two very special guests: David and Denise Heiblum, survivors of the October 7 attack, who shared their personal story about their approach to Judaism and a message of hope. Denise and David were married not long ago in a...

On April 22nd, Jews around the world will celebrate Passover, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the deliverance of our ancestors from slavery to freedom. In this difficult year of war and displacement, it won't be as easy for many to wholeheartedly celebrate. Some, including 80...

Hundreds of Bnei Menashe soldiers, both active and reserve duty, have been fighting the current war in Israel on multiple fronts. We solute them, and all of our precious soldiers! Many Bnei Menashe wait years to be able to immigrate to Israel for the privilege to...

Faced with threat of execution for Jewish observance, Sephardi conversos created the festival of Santa Esterica to replace Purim. Discover the special meaning of Queen Esther to the crypto-Jews of Iberia and their descendants. Read the fascinating article here or enjoy the lecture below.    Ronit Treatman, a...