Author: Laura Ben-David

As we all know, the world is currently grappling with the unprecedented threat posed by the coronavirus and this of course has affected Shavei Israel and its communities around the globe. Our staff and emissaries are continuing to work, albeit remotely, with our lost and...

Am-Shalem Singson, a 28-year Bnei Menashe immigrant originally from Manipur, India, was attacked Saturday in Tiberias by assailants who thought he was Chinese and blamed him for the coronavirus outbreak. The assailants shoved Singson to the ground and kicked him repeatedly while screaming “corona corona.” Singson was...

Contamination is the topic of the day. Everyone, cities countries and individuals, is trying to figure out how to limit it and what to do when we are contaminated. In our Parsha a small group from the Children of Israel start worshiping idols and other...

As we do every year, we have collected piles of photos from our communities around the world, from Ambato, Ecuador to Manipur, India, of costumes, megillah reading, celebrations and partying. Though the threat of Covid-19 coronavirus is on everyone's minds and some events have been...

We are now in week two of the Torah’s description of the Mishkan - our portable Temple. Our Parsha is unique of all the Parshiot from the later four books of the Torah as it is the only one where Moshe’s name is not written....

Three years almost to the date after Shavei Israel brought five young women from the Kaifeng Jewish community in China to Israel on Aliyah, our plans to bring another young woman were scuttled, at least temporarily, by the uncontained coronavirus, now known as Covid-19. With...

Ma'ani Center, a Shavei Israel project sponsored by Israel's Ministry of Culture, had its latest ‘Higanu Habaita’ program. This series of seminars, whose title means ‘We’ve returned home,’ introduces new immigrants with exceptional stories. This week we brought Yonatan Kashtan who served from 2016-2019 in...

This Parsha starts us on a five week journey into the Mishkan. Excluding a brief interlude in Ki Tisa we are not going to stop reading about the material, measurement and construction of the Mishkan until the end of the book of Shemot. It’s remarkable...

It is always with the greatest of pleasure that we receive joyful stories and photos like these from our communities around the world. This time we received photos from the mother of Rajel Muñoz Rivadeneira, a bat mitzvah girl from Ambato, Ecuador who celebrated her...

Several months ago, the Ma’ani Center of Shavei Israel hosted a seminar devoted to the life and personality of Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi, one of the wealthiest and most outstanding Jewish women in Renaissance Europe. During the lecture, the speaker, Mr. Guiora Barak, presented his new...