Ma’ani Center

"The candle was not extinguished, and will not be, as it wasn't where Judaism was threatened and Jews were in danger." It's a great pleasure to present the book ‘Three Kerchiefs’ (Shalosh Mitpachot)  by author Hana Tueg that was published this year. Hana Tueg is a...

As many people know, one of Shavei Israel's many projects is curating, writing and publishing books and materials in numerous languages, translations and transliterations for our various communities across the globe. Since the viral news about the dreidel with Chinese characters, we've been receiving many...

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One of the traditional costumes worn by women in Mizoram state in Northeast India is the dress called "Puan." Puans have always been an intrinsic part of the Mizo wardrobe. After Mizo people progressed from the "Siapsuap" (a grass skirt) to fabric clothing, puan became...

Following their aliyah to Israel in October and formal conversion to Judaism, six Bnei Menashe couples who were already married in India get a chance to step under the chuppah again in a “second” wedding ceremony according to Jewish Law in our absorption center in...

This week saw two in-person events at our Ma'ani Center after many months of mostly Zoom programs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The first was a tour of our new exhibit on the Kaifeng Jewish community. The tour, which was held in English, included a slide...

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...