Ma’ani Center – Lost & Hidden Jewish Communities Heritage Center

One of Shavei Israel’s primary goals is to assist descendants of Jews, including lost tribes and hidden Jewish communities, to reconnect with their roots. Our work encompasses a wide variety of groups from diverse backgrounds, ranging from the Bnei Anousim in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Latin America; to hidden Jews in Poland; to Subbotnik Jews of Russia, Kaifeng Jews in China, Bnei Menashe in India, and more.

Shavei Israel established the Ma’ani Center with the aim of preserving, promoting and disseminating the unique heritage and culture of the various communities. We are grateful for the guidance, encouragement and support of Israel’s Ministry of Culture towards achieving this aim.

The Ma’ani center is located in Jerusalem at 3 Am VeOlamo Street, next to Shavei Israel’s head offices.

The center hosts lectures, exhibitions, and cultural events, and is home to a rich archive of documents, photos and music. Shavei staff frequently give lectures to schools and other groups, both in person or via Zoom as circumstances dictate.

The lectures highlight the history, traditions and heritage of these diverse communities, with an emphasis on characteristics such as language, dress, song, poetry and culinary elements.

The Ma’ani center has also organized mobile exhibitions in different localities in Israel explaining the culture of specific lost or hidden communities.

We believe that the Jewish people are One Nation with Many Faces and that it is our responsibility to ensure that the precious traditions of the past continue to be passed down to future generations.

         

Latest Articles About the Ma’ani Center

  • 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...

  • 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 Je...

  • 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 pop...

  • 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 b...