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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...

The Ma'ani Center for the Preservation of the Heritage and Culture of the Communities of Israel presented the lecture: The Heritage and Leadership of Jewish Women in the Diaspora, given by Rabanit Renana Birenbaum, who took us through her dissertation to recognize the leadership of...

After almost three years of research, Dr. Idan Pérez edited and published the Sidur Catalonia several years ago. The prayer book is based on six manuscripts from the 14th-16th centuries and constitutes the recovery of the ancient Nussach Catalonia, the Jewish custom of the prayers used...

The Spanish island of Mallorca maintained a lasting and notable Jewish community dating back to the second century. Flourishing and accepted during both Muslim governance and following the Christian "reconquest" in 1229, Mallorca's Jewish population faced a turning point in 1435. As a result of...

We recently shared a beautiful rendition of the traditional prayer for the IDF soldiers by Bnei Menashe children from the Khovevei Tzion community in Aizawl, Mizoram. Here are some behind the scenes images including of the siddur (prayer book) used by the Bnei Menashe from Mizoram with...

Of the 162 Bnei Menashe families evacuated from their homes from the border communities of Sderot and Kiryat Shemoneh, a number of them have been in various hotels in Jerusalem and other cities, trying to find a semblance of normal in this extremely challenging time.   Teams...

It was a stellar night in Brussels at the EU Parliament with the screening of Genie Milgrom's film 'Between the Stone and the Flower: The Duality of the Conversos'. Followed by a beautiful Moroccan dinner with many thoughtful questions, the exciting new film received an...