Author: Esther Surikova

The enthusiasm and commitment of Bnei Anousim of Guatemala to the Jewish way of life impresses everyone who gets acquainted with this small but dynamically developing community. Recently, its leaders and founders took part in a vibrant and unforgettable trip to Israel, visiting many cities...

This week, girls and women, from the Bnei Anousim community of Cali, Colombia, prepared for the Shabbat by taking part in a special Shavei Israel challah baking event. Under the supervision and guidance of Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei’s emissary in the region, they took the opportunity...

Until the end of the 1980s, life in many Russian settlements, such as the village of Vysoky, Voronezh Oblast, implied the need to use brick stoves to heat buildings and cook food. A Russian stove is designed to retain heat for long periods of time...

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community’s founding members is Gerardo Flores and his wife, Aury de Flores. But they are more than just figureheads. The couple, married...

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community leaders, without whom Shaar Hashamaim may not have come to be, is Juan Alfredo Gutierrez, and his wife, Liza Salguero...

The Shaar Hashamaim community of Guatemala, created as a result of a local initiative, united people of different ages and backgrounds who were dedicated to keeping Jewish traditions but didn't belong to the larger groups or communities represented in the country. Today it consists of...

On October 21 of this year the people of Israel suffered the loss of the renowned Torah scholar and the head of the rabbinical court in Bnei Brak, Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim Karelitz, who was among the leading halakhic authorities in the Jewish world. Although...

As all Jews all over the world, Shavei Israel's communities in different parts of the world celebrated Sukkot and Simchat Torah, ending the cycle of Jewish holidays of the month of Tishrei. As a final part of our review, we're happy to share some pictures...

No one sent us as many wonderful photos of their Sukkot celebrations as did the many Bnei Anousim communities throughout South America! Local communities from Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela and other countries that shared their beautiful pictures of their sukkahs, meals and festive celebrations and...

Last week the whole Jewish world in Israel and diaspora celebrated Sukkot - one of shalosh regalim, the three Pilgrimage Festivals, - when it's customary to sit in the sukkah, a temporary hut used during the holiday week for sleeping and having festive meals. Shavei...