Bnei Menashe Aliyah: meet Elon Haokip
Later this year, Shavei Israel will be bringing a large group of 250 Bnei Menashe immigrants from northeast India to Israel on Aliyah. Among them is 55-year-old Elon Lunkhojang Haokip, a Manipur native, who is very excited to fulfill his dream and return to the land of his forefathers.
Elon remembers becoming interested in his heritage some twenty years ago when he learned that the roots of his family go back to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.. Elon began leading the lifestyle of an observant Jew and chose to support his community using his talents and strengths. He first served as chazan (cantor) in the local B.Vengnom Beith Shalom community center, and, later, as mohel, bringing some 1000 Bnei Menashe kids into Abraham’s covenant.
Elon is married and raising four sons and a daughter who will all be joining him on his way home to the Jewish State.
“It’s like a dream for me to go to the land which I’ve always longed for and this dream is finally coming true with the help of Shavei Israel!’ Haokip exclaimed emotionally.
The timing of Elon’s family move to Israel, along with the other Bnei Menashe who will make Aliya with them, depends in part on funding. The cost per immigrant is just US $1,000, which covers airfare and transportation from India to Israel as well as some of the initial absorption costs. For every $1,000 that is raised, Elon or another Bnei Menashe will be able to make the long journey home to Zion.
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