Author: Laura Ben-David

The Chazon Ish community in Santiago, Chile held a marathon day of Torah study and preparation before Chanukah. The all-day program included activities and learning for all ages, including the laws of Chanukah with Gil Kalinka; study of the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Latapiat and...

Laura Ben David, Shavei's director of marketing and new media, visited a number of Scandinavian Jewish communities as part of her volunteer work for OTS Amiel Bakehila under the sponsorship of Israel's Ministry of the Diaspora. In her most recent travels to Scandinavia, she had...

As many people know, one of Shavei Israel's many projects is curating, writing and publishing books and materials in numerous languages, translations and transliterations for our various communities across the globe. Sometimes these publications find other uses which we're more than happy to provide for....

This week the Ma'ani Center, along with Israel's Ministry of Culture, presented Esther Astrug, as she shared her extraordinary story to a Spanish-speaking audience; the latest in the series of conferences devoted to various lost and hidden Jewish communities around the world. Esther, who converted...

As the Jewish High Holidays approach, a special tradition of reciting Selichot (communal prayers for Divine forgiveness) is followed. The Selichot are said every day until the end of the High Holidays, which begin with Rosh Hashana and conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of...

Earlier this week, the Jeff Seidel Student Center in Tel Aviv was packed with college-age students from the United States, Europe and South America. These students, doing either a semester or a year abroad at Tel Aviv University, came to hear our own Laura Ben-David...

By Mishael Dickman - Is Judaism a tradition linked directly to the Bible, taking us back to Mount Sinai, i.e., the original word of God? Or is it a general code of law that slowly evolved over the years into what it is today? ...

It's that time of year again: when the Jewish world puts on a happy face - literally. When the masks come off, it's nothing but smiles as Jewish communities everywhere celebrate the holiday of Purim. And we've got the photos to prove it. Here are...

This past week saw Shavei Israel's Director of Marketing Laura Ben-David put on a lot of mileage on her car as she traveled to Tel Aviv to speak with Tel Aviv University international students at a student center through the Jeff Seidel Student Center. The...