Holidays & Festivals

A beautiful, new, educational exhibit about Kaifeng Jews recently opened at Shavei Israel's Ma'ani Center. Designed mainly with magnificent pictorial panels, it tells the story of the Kaifeng Jews from the past to the reawakening of their Jewish spirit, to their dreams of aliyah and living...

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...

Like every year, we receive many images from our communities around the world for every holiday. We're pleased to share a visual experience of the celebrations of Sukkot in our communities from India to Israel! One of the fun things about working with Jewish communities around...

As is customary in so many workplaces in Israel, the staff at Shavei Israel had a beautiful 'haramat kosit' - literally a 'raising the glass' to toast the New Year. As we reflected on the many challenges and accomplishments of the past year, including bringing...

Like many Jews around the world, the Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India are gathering to celebrate Sukkot this week. In their festival prayers, the Bnei Menashe offered a special plea, to fulfill their age-old dream to make Aliyah to Israel during the coming year. “Even...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The Torah Reading of Rosh Hashana is read with a unique nusach, a stirring melody. During the year we have a number of different musical trop used for public reading: there is one trop or tune during the year for Torah reading,...

By Yosef Bitton INDEPENDENCE DAY The British Mandate in Palestine, which began officially in 1922, ended in 1948. The British announced that they were withdrawing from the territory on May 15th, 1948. The Jews of Israel, about 600,000 at the time, decided that they would announce the...

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Shavei Israel communities all over the world celebrated Purim last week and we know they had a great time because we have the photos to prove it! It may have been somewhat more muted than in years past, but it was joyful and memorable just the...