Personal Stories

I've always known my family has Jewish roots as it had been transmitted to me by my grandfather, one of the few remaining Jews in Portugal who lived in the Detrás das Montanhas region in Belmonte. Because of it, our family kept traditions and repeated...

We have permission to bring 500 more immigrants on aliyah to Israel this year. With your help it will be possible! Here’s a personal account from one family who is anxiously awaiting: To my brothers and sisters all around the world—shalom! My name is Yonatan Baite...

I am Agustín Araujo Quiroz, I want to share my story of how I discovered Judaism. To begin all this journey I received as a gift from my father-in-law a Tanakh the book of the Bible. I began to read and be curious to know...

“I grew up in Kolasib, India, a district of Mizoram.   During the British rule of India, my great-great-grandparents were converted by missionaries to Christianity. One of our neighbors told my father about Judaism. He was interested in learning more about it, for it resonated deeply with...

We're going to be bringing 250 new immigrants by the end of December. With your help it will be possible! Here's the story of one family who is anxiously awaiting: Hanniel Haokip has lived all of his 26 years in northeast India. And yet he’s...

Recently, Shavei Israel’s Founder & Chairman Michael Freund had the opportunity of attending the formal acceptance ceremony of Iris Sarg, a former model and actress from France, at the Rabbinical Conversion Court in Jerusalem.  “Attending a person's conversion is always an inspiring and moving experience, particularly...

Gabriel and Rut Hrangchal have been waiting their whole lives to make aliyah to Israel. Originally from the village of Thinghlun in Mizoram, the Hrangchals were the only Jewish family in town until they decided to move to Aizawl, in 2013, to join the Aizawl...

Shavei Israel works with many communities around the world, which is made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. On the flip side, there are also many communities that work with Shavei, including in Scandinavia. One of our most...

Meet a member of our team who we haven't seen in many months due to the coronavirus pandemic. While we're still missing her, you can get to know Chaya Castillo. Chaya is the coordinator of our Bnei Anousim and Hidden Jews of Poland departments, in...