Author: Laura Ben-David

When children 'come of age' in Judaism they are, in fact, still quite young. It is quite understandable for these barely teenagers to be focused on friends, phones and fun...

Behind every story are the personalities that make them happen. The story of the Shavei Israel visitor center in Belmonte, Portugal is no exception. The personality behind it is Ytzjak López de Oliveira. Ytzjak López de Oliveira is in charge of Casa Anusim, the Shavei Israel...

Shavei Israel is excited and proud to be partnering with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and opening an English language Ulpan Giyur (Jewish conversion course) in Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.  Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund said Shavei Israel...

Shavei Israel's Ma'ani Center event held a special field trip event in spanish for Ora Jalfon's Machon Miriam students, visiting the Rav Kook House. Also participating were several Spanish-speaking students from Midreshet Lindenbaum and Yeshivat Hakotel. All together there were about 30 participants. The Rav Kook...

On Monday night, when we lit the the second candle of Chanukah, the students of Machon Miriam gathered at our Ma'ani Center for a special Chanukah celebration. Machon Miriam is Shavei Israel's Spanish, Portuguese and Italian language Conversion and Return Institute in Jerusalem, directed by the Rabbanit...

On the fifth night of Chanukah, Shavei Israel hosted a special Chanukah party for Polish Jews in our Jerusalem Ma'ani Center. The lively group of Polish people, both living in Israel and in Poland, enjoyed the presence and participation of lots of special people including...

As always, our communities around the world have been busy decorating, lighting candles, singing songs, sharing gifts, playing 'dreidel', eating delicious delicacies - and sending us loads and loads of pictures. In other words, our communities have been celebrating Chanukah! Browse through these photos...

This week was a fun and unforgettable time for the children of our communities in Colombia! They participated in a fabulous 'camp', organized by the Jewish Community of Antioquia. It offered programming for 60 children between ages 4 and 12, from all of the communities...

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...