Communities Around the World

Like in previous years, this Passover our communities all over the world enjoyed the holiday. Eating matza and other special foods, gathering for the seder, taking day trips and having family time.  Now Pesach is over – the matzah is finished, the special Passover dishes put...

Samuel Devasahayam was the founder of the Zion Torah Center in Erode, India. He was a courageous, G-d-fearing man, who left a huge hole in a community when he tragically passed away in 2018. His family has continued with the legacy he left, on their...

It was a very special Chanukah in the emerging Jewish community of Shmaya v'Avtalyon in Armenia, El Salvador, a city not far from the capital, San Salvador.  Beginning with the bar mitzvah of Ariel Guevara, on the first night of Chanukah, where literally lighting the Chanukah...

This year, as always, we were inundated with photos and videos of light and celebration from our communities around the world as they celebrated the holiday of Chanukah.  Some highlights from this year are the many photos we received from emerging communities in Latin America, and...

Shavei Israel reaches out to Lost and Hidden Jews, and helps emerging Jewish communities around the world. One such emerging Jewish community is a very special community in Honduras known as Derech HaChaim (“Way of Life” in Hebrew). For the past five years, Shavei Israel has...

The holiday of Sukkot is one of fresh air, family and fun. Jewish people all over the world build special outdoor booths or huts in which to eat and even sleep throughout the week-long holiday. The huts, called sukkot, are typically built of locally-found materials and...

As the holiday of Sukkot approaches, Jewish people all over the world are preparing special outdoor booths or huts in which to eat and even sleep throughout the week-long holiday. Many more photos to come, but here's a peek at early preparations.   [flickrstream id="3"]...

Whether in Chile or Churachanadpur, India, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, is a sweet yet solemn holiday that signifies family gatherings, prayer services and lots of delicious treats.  People in our communities all over the world were happy to share their photos of pre-Rosh Hashana...

This Rosh Hashana was special for the emerging Jewish community in Cuba for various reasons, but they all stem from the fact that Rabbi David Córdoba is the new emissary there.    Born in Cuba himself, Córdoba emigrated to Israel in 2018 after his own personal quest...

Yaakov, 45, immigrated to Israel about 3 years ago from Colombia because he decided he wanted to convert after attending Torah lessons and praying in the Magen Abraham Jewish community in Cali, Colombia. He contacted Shavei Israel, which, among other things, helps all those who...