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 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...

Bnei Menashe children sing a heartfelt and beautifully produced rendition of the traditional prayer for the IDF soldiers. Featuring children from the Khovevei Tzion community in Aizawl, Mizoram. Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -...

Juan's Big Secret is a special book geared for children and adolescents which tells the story of Juan, a child from Palma de Mallorca, who discovers the great secret of his family: his Jewish origins. Amela Einat is the author of this fascinating story that has...

Bnei Menashe girls from Nof Hagalil learn the traditional bamboo dance of Mizoram in advance of Aliyah Day.  Their teacher, Dena Relte, made aliyah herself from Mizoram in 2014. In fact, it would probably hard to find a qualified teacher of this complex dance who didn't...

The Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel is a competitive academic fellowship that brings approximately 35 US full-time university and college faculty members to Israel for an intensive 12 day trip in which they travel from the Golan Heights to Kibbutz Ketura. The Program seeks to link...

The Ma'ani Center of Shavei Israel was happy to present a conference on The Heritage of the Jews of Italy given by our dear Rabbanit Renana Birenbaum. The Jewish community in Italy is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, dating back to the...