Bnei Anousim

Pesach is almost here, and Jewish communities all over the world are busy with their efforts to make the upcoming holiday kosher and happy. Shavei Israel's emissaries from different countries have shared photos of the pre-Passover atmosphere in their communities. In Chile, students of the local...

March 19, 2019 was a special and unforgettable day for newlyweds Shlomo Bentes and Danielle Beniste Bentes, who celebrated the beginning of a new important stage of their lives in Jerusalem with the support of Shavei Israel. Shlomo, 51, originally from Brazil, was a student...

The Beit Toldot community is located in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador and consists of approximately 10 families who decided to reconnect with their Jewish roots under the supervision of Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei Israel's emissary in Colombia. The recent Shabbat was very special for...

This week at AIPAC, the largest pro-Israel organization in the world, was an unprecedented panel discussion on how to reconnect Latinos and Hispanics and Jews. The panel, moderated by Shavei Israel’s Founder and Chairman, Michael Freund, was called “Reconnecting Hispanics and Latinos with the...

Purim is over, but there cannot be enough beautiful pictures of festive celebrations and creative costumes in Jewish communites all over the world. Just to prolong the holiday feeling, here you go with a new set of photos! Colombia, Barranquilla Colombia, Bogota Colombia, Villavicencio Colombia, Medellin Equador, Guayaquil Equador, Ambato Guatemala Chile, Santiago Venezuela Portugal,...

As Purim is approaching, we're beginning to receive pictures of holiday preparations from our communities all over the world. The first reviews came from the local Talmud Torah of Chile, where children participated in an exciting class devoted to the laws and customs of Purim....

Last week the whole world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by the UN General Assembly in 2005, sixty years after Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. Jewish communities around the globe held or joined special memorial...

Shavei Israel communities, from South America to Eastern Europe, celebrated Tu B'Shevat, known as "The New Year of the Trees", and shared with us some beautiful pictures of people gathering together, learning, partying and planting trees. Here's a brief, but colorful review of these beautiful...

Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei Israel's emissary in Colombia where he works with some 11 local communities of Bnei Anousim, recently accepted the invitation of another Jewish community in neighbouring Ecuador to visit and assist them with preparation for their formal conversion to Judaism. Ecuador has several...

Rabbi Elisha Salas continues his outreach work as the Shavei Israel emissary in South America: usually based in El Salvador, once a month he travels to neighboring countries. This week, besides his usual activities in San Salvador, such as teaching Hebrew to adults and organizing...