Separating challah in Maalot

There was a lot of dough at a recent Rosh Chodesh (first of the month) event in Maalot. The type that turns into bread; challah, to be specific. This special "hafrashat challah" or separating challah event was with Rabanit Tali Kook. It took place in the...

Shavei Israel is proud of the 270 Bnei Menashe who have settled in Maalot in the north of Israel.  Watch this exciting and very moving celebration of Bnei Menashe accomplishments at Yeshivat Maalot in honor of the completion of a professional course of study by a number...

All Jews are considered to be the children of the biblical Abraham and Sarah. A new exhibition at Beit Hatufsot, the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, highlights some of the amazing diversity of those children. Entitled “The Children of Abraham and Sarah,” there are...

[caption id="attachment_32927" align="alignleft" width="300"] Olga (left) studying with R. Baumol (center) in Krakow[/caption] Olga grew up in Poland as a Christian Pole with no connection to Judaism until she discovered her Jewish roots at 12 years old. From that point Olga went on a journey towards...

Rio de Janeiro’s Jewish Museum is best known for its collection of 69 menorahs and Jewish ritual objects designed by Russian-born artist Rio resident Joseph Feldman. The small museum – the only one in Brazil until a new museum in Sao Paolo opens later this...

Abigail (Marina) Erlich was scheduled to stand before the rabbinical conversion court to formally return to Judaism when, at the last moment, she revealed to Rabbi Elisha Salas, Shavei Israel’s emissary to Portugal and her guide through several years of study, that she believed she...

How do you dress for a bat mitzvah in Nigeria? Not much different than in Israel - with a fluffy pink dress and a crown! Gadi Bentley, who was Shavei Israel's first emissary to Africa's Igbo Jewish community (we wrote about him here and his successors, Noga Kohl and Michal...

In 1945, when the Nazis were defeated and World War II came to a tragic close, Marcel Zielinski set out on foot from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and walked back to his hometown of Krakow. [caption id="attachment_32655" align="alignleft" width="300"] Marcel Zielinski at Auschwitz[/caption] Seventy-one years later, Zielinski...

Beit Miriam is Shavei Israel's community center for Bnei Menashe youth in Kiryat Arba, south of Jerusalem. This unique social and cultural club offers courses in computers, English, Hebrew and Judaism. It is a home away from home for the next generation of Bnei Menashe...