Bnei Anousim

Meet a member of our team who we haven't seen in many months due to the coronavirus pandemic. While we're still missing her, you can get to know Chaya Castillo. Chaya is the coordinator of our Bnei Anousim and Hidden Jews of Poland departments, in...

Shavei Israel’s Deputy Director-General of Administration, Edith Blaustein, gave a special lecture about the Lost Tribes, and other groups with historical affinity for Judaism and the Jewish people plus Shavei Israel’s activities with and for these special communities. Equally special was the audience for the lecture:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A recurring theme among the 'olim' (immigrant) community to Israel is the desire to 'give back' to those who are going through what you yourself have gone through. Ilan Bresler, a financial consultant from Argentina, does just that. Bresler is an entrepreneur with a financial...

This month a very special event took place in Cali, Colombia that touched the hearts of many, particularly the Shavei Israel team. We want to congratulate Rabbi Asher Abrabanel and his wife on their marriage and wish them a life together full of blessings,...

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...