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A special course has opened in the Galilee for Bnei Menashe immigrants to Israel. 'Safrus', or scribal arts, is the special skill for transcribing Jewish holy scrolls such as tefillin, mezuzot and other religious writings including Torah scrolls. The course covers the halachic (Jewish legal)...

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...

One of the big projects that Shavei Israel is constantly involved in is writing, publishing and providing necessary books and literature to the various communities we work with. These books include prayer books, Hebrew and Bible study books, and others. It is an enormous amount...

"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...

Shavei Israel is proud to share an Experiential Seminar in Poland! Polish Judaism and Hasidism – Past and Present January 31 – February 6, 2023 • If you are interested in Polish Judaism, in general, and Polish Hasidism, in particular – both past and present. • If you are open...

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...

We recently reviewed the movie Converts: The Journey of Becoming Jewish, a Holyland Productions film, which follows several non-Jews from around the world as they go through the conversion process. Our review, however, is incomplete without a piece by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, the director of...

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...