Ma’ani Center

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...

To mark the Knesset’s commemoration of Yom HaAliya, Michael Freund along with twenty Bnei Menashe men and women, were invited to the Knesset by the Minister of Absorption, Penina Tamano-Shata. The Bnei Menashe who attended were all part of the group that made aliya from...

Like any community with many generations of roots in a particular region, the Bnei Menashe have many cultural traditions that evolved during their many years in northeast India.  This includes special garments and jewelry, foods, songs & music, and dance.  Enjoy this brief clip of young Bnei...

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...

One of the many things we do as part of our Ma'ani Center heritage programming is to organize activities for our communities for Spanish speakers in Israel. As the High Holidays approach, we have scheduled numerous programs, available on zoom, for people anywhere in the...

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...

Brought to you by the Community Scholar Program, Arie Katz interviews Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund who has spent over 15 years seeking out lost tribes and hidden Jews to help them reconnect with the Jewish people. He will discuss his globe-trotting work with various...

Each Shabbat Jewish families around the world begin their meals with wine delicious loaves of sacramental bread, called challah. Here's a recipe from our community in Chile, translated to English, for you to make and enjoy on your next Shabbat. Challah (Jala) Recipe from Chile (2...