Bnei Anousim

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...

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...

The enthusiasm and commitment of Bnei Anousim of Guatemala to the Jewish way of life impresses everyone who gets acquainted with this small but dynamically developing community. Recently, its leaders and founders took part in a vibrant and unforgettable trip to Israel, visiting many cities...

This week, girls and women, from the Bnei Anousim community of Cali, Colombia, prepared for the Shabbat by taking part in a special Shavei Israel challah baking event. Under the supervision and guidance of Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, Shavei’s emissary in the region, they took the opportunity...

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community’s founding members is Gerardo Flores and his wife, Aury de Flores. But they are more than just figureheads. The couple, married...

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community leaders, without whom Shaar Hashamaim may not have come to be, is Juan Alfredo Gutierrez, and his wife, Liza Salguero...

On October 21 of this year the people of Israel suffered the loss of the renowned Torah scholar and the head of the rabbinical court in Bnei Brak, Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim Karelitz, who was among the leading halakhic authorities in the Jewish world. Although...

As all Jews all over the world, Shavei Israel's communities in different parts of the world celebrated Sukkot and Simchat Torah, ending the cycle of Jewish holidays of the month of Tishrei. As a final part of our review, we're happy to share some pictures...

No one sent us as many wonderful photos of their Sukkot celebrations as did the many Bnei Anousim communities throughout South America! Local communities from Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela and other countries that shared their beautiful pictures of their sukkahs, meals and festive celebrations and...