Shavei Israel communities prepare for Pesach

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Shavei Israel communities prepare for Pesach

Pesach is coming and Shavei Israel-supported communities around the world are getting ready! Here’s a round up of what they have planned in the run up to the Jewish world’s national holiday of liberation. Bnei Menashe The youngest members of the Bnei Menashe communities living in Tiberias...

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Michael Freund discusses Ethiopian aliyah on Israel Radio

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund was interviewed this week on Kol Israel Radio's English News program about immigration of the Falashmura community from Ethiopia. The Israeli government has given approval for 1,300 Falashmura to immigrate in June 2016. There are up to 9,000 Falashmura remaining...

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Shavei Israel and Supersol make Pesach shopping easier this year

Anyone who has ever gone shopping for the Passover holiday knows that it can get expensive. Preparing and buying the traditional foods for the Pesach meal – the matza, gefilte fish, haroset. chicken soup and brisket – can all add up. That’s not always so easy...

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Bnei Menashe run the Jerusalem Marathon

In just a few short years, the Jerusalem Marathon has become one of the "must do" running events in the sporting world. This year, the Marathon attracted some a record setting 30,000 runners - from Israel and across the globe. Participants from 62 countries joined fitness...

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Eliza Schwartzman – in her own words

[caption id="attachment_29388" align="alignleft" width="169"] Eliza with friends in Krakow[/caption] Ever since I was a child I knew I was Jewish; I also knew I could never reveal my Jewish identity. It’s hard to believe that in the 21st century a Jew still has to hide their Jewishness,...

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A Ukrainian Jewess in Poland

[caption id="attachment_26366" align="alignleft" width="168"] Eliza Schwartzman[/caption] She grew up in an environment of extreme anti-Semitism. She fled her war-torn country for safe haven in another where she was able to publicly embrace her Jewish roots. Eliza Schwartzman is not your typical Polish “Hidden” Jew. In fact,...

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Faces of the renewed Polish Jewish community

Shavei Israel’s first ever Purim seminar for young Jews from Poland has now wrapped up. The 14 participants had a delightful ten days in Israel…and we have the pictures to prove it. Shavei Israel’s director of marketing and new media Laura Ben David joined the group...

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Even more Purim pictures from Shavei Israel!

Last week, we gave you a preview of Purim festivities at Shavei Israel-supported communities around the world (our newsletter was published before the actual holiday). Now we have some photos from the Megillah readings and Purim parties themselves. (Plus a special pre-Passover bonus from Portugal.) Chile The...

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Shavei Israel communities celebrate Purim

It’s Purim and Shavei Israel communities around the world are celebrating. Purim commemorates the Jewish victory 2,000 years ago over Haman’s evil plans in ancient Persia. There are enough surprising twists and daredevil turns in the story to keep the plot of the Megillah, the...