S havei Israel is dedicated to the research of the Lost Tribes of Israel, anousim (Marranos), and other descendants of “lost Jews.” Shavei Israel also endeavors to provide tangible assistance to individuals and communities who sincerely desire to return to the Jewish people. This includes sponsoring spiritual leaders and educators to communities who are in the process of returning to the Jewish fold.
Shavei Israel supports emissaries in communities that show a desire to increase their Jewish awareness. Today, Shavei Israel sponsors rabbis in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Poland as well as educators in India. Additional emissaries are needed in these countries and in Latin America.
Shavei Israel emissaries teach Judaism and Hebrew, conduct prayers on Shabbat and holidays, prepare weekly bulletins for the community, establish programs for children and youth and give individual guidance. Shavei Israel emissaries are a contact for members of the community, as well as those on the outside of the community framework, who are interested in investigating their connection to Judaism and the Jewish people.
Rabbi Elisha Salas
Shavei Israel’s Emissary in Central America
Eliash served as the Chief Rabbi of the city of Belmonte and is now our traveling shaliach in Central America. Rabbi Salas was born in Chile and received smicha (rabbinical ordination) from the Sefardi Beit Midrashi in the Old City of Jerusalem. He has also received certification as a shochet, in education, and as a mashgiach kashrut. Rabbi Salas made aliyah in 1999 and lives in Jerusalem. He has a degree in accounting and management from the University of Santiago De Chile. Contact Rabbi Elisha Salas
Rabbi Avi Baumol
Shavei Israel’s Emissary in Krakow, Poland
In Krakow, Poland, Avi serves as a Rabbi for the the local community and assists the “hidden Jews” of the area. Rabbi Avi Baumol was born in New York and received Smicha (rabbinical ordination) from Yeshiva University where he also received a BA in Economics and an MA in Medieval Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School. He was the Rabbi of Congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver, Canada from 1998-2003, building the community there and serving on the Bet Din and in the conversion program. After moving to Israel, he taught in Yeshivot and Seminaries, performed weddings for secular Israelis as part of Itim, continued to work as a rabbi in his congregation in Efrat, and authored a book on Tehillim called The Poetry of Prayer. Contact Rabbi Avi Baumol
Rabbi Dawid Szychowski
Shavei Israel’s Emissary in Lodz, Poland
Dawid serves as the rabbi of Lodz and assists the “hidden Jews” of the area. He is also Chief Rabbi of small communities in the area. Born in Poland, he has a BA in philosophy. For a long time, he was a student of Rabbi Boaz Pash, who served as emissary of Shavei Israel in Krakow for seven years. Dawid made aliya and lived in Israel for six years and there received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Peretz in Beit Hamidrash HaSefaradí and Rabbi Riskin in Ohr Torah Stone in Efrat. Contact Rabbi Dawid Szychowski
Rabbi Shlomo Zelig Avrasin
Shavei Israel’s Emissary in Vysoki, Russia
In Vysoki, Russia, Shlomo serves as the community Rabbi for the Subbotniks Jews. He was born in the Ukraine and received his smicha (rabbinical ordination) from Yeshivat Hamivtar, in Efrat, Gush Etzion. He is also a schochet and finished his academic studies in Education at Michlelet Herzog. Rabbi Avrasin has served as an emissary in different countries, including Russia, Germany, and Poland and has a wealth of experience as an educator in different frameworks. Contact Rabbi Shlomo Zelig Avrasin
Rabbi Shimon M. Yehoshua
Shavei Israel’s Emissary in Colombia
Shimon serves the Bnei Anousim communities and conversion candidates in Colombia. Rabbi Shimon was born in Argentina and received his rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem at the Beit Hamidrash Hasefaradí. He is a graduate of the Amiel Institute, which prepares Rabbis for the Diaspora. He served as Rabbi of the city of Pattaya in Thailand, and was the general program coordinator for Latin America of Bnei Akiva. He taught at the Yeshiva Torah beTzión and at Midreshet Lindenbaum and worked as a mashgiach kashrut in Argentina. Contact Rabbi Shimon M. Yehoshua
Rabbi Avraham Israel Latapiat
Shavei Israel’s Emissary in Chile
Born in Chile, he has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. In the past, he served as professor at the Central University of Venezuela. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and has published widely in astrophysics, including through the Center for Astrophysics NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He went from mathematics to the Mishnah, and received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim in Israel. He established a Kollel called Haor HaKodesh in Caracas, Venezuela, before returning to Chile, where he now lives with his wife. He is an active member of the Kollel Chazon Ish, project director of Ta’am Kosher certification agency and president of CEDIH, an organization whose goal is to bring man to Torah study. Contact Rabbi Avraham Israel Latapiat