Author: Laura Ben-David

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...

Ya’ara Namte, a young woman from the Bnei Menashe community was awarded a special prize at an event at the President’s House in Jerusalem for her contribution to Bnei Menashe youth in helping them integrate into Israeli life. The prize was exceptional not just for what she...

When Shavei Israel’s director of marketing and new media Laura Ben-David found herself traveling to Boca Raton, Florida, the neighborhood where Simi, our dedicated volunteer lives, Simi's parents, Sharon & Steven Langert, opened their home to host a talk about some of the lost and...

I learn Torah with my children at night before they go to sleep. We started at the beginning and are slowly making our way through the whole Torah. We just finished Mishpatim last week. It took us a long time, it has many rules and...

Shavei Israel is happy to introduce you to Yosef Mendez and Bruria Brito, from Venezuela, students of our Machon Miriam, Spanish language conversion institute. Bruria and Yosef, married for almost eight years, are about to get married again - this time according to full...

Members of the Bnei Menashe community in the Galilee region participated in a Tu B'Shvat activity together with students of the Hesder Yeshiva and members of the Torah-Zionist 'garin'. This event, which takes place on the week of Tu B'Shvat, has become a tradition and seeks...

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat is also known as “Rosh Hashana for the Trees.” As we celebrate, in Israel and around the world, people enjoy the fruit of the trees - especially those of the seven species of Israel. Another ubiquitous Tu Beshevat activity...