14 Aug Bnei Menashe Aliyah: meet Jeremiah Hnamte
Later this year, Shavei Israel will be bringing a large group of 250 Bnei Menashe immigrants from India to Israel on Aliyah. Among them is Jeremiah Hnamte, a Mizoram native, who is very excited to fulfill his dream and return to the land of his forefathers.
Jeremiah, 60, is a representative of the Chovevei Tsion community in the state of Mizoram in the northeast India. While part of his family already made Aliyah – today his daughter and her kids live in Nazareth Illit, as well as his mother and sisters with their families – Jeremiah with his wife Tamar and other kids stayed in India, doing his best to lead the lifestyle of an observant Jew.
To a great extent Jeremiah was inspired by the example of his grandfather who once even tried to make the long journey to the Land of Israel by foot from Mizoram. Later the Hnamte family donated their own land to the community for the construction of the mikveh.
Moving to Israel is a meaningful step for the whole family. “We long to see the Promised Land and live there, to observe Shabbat and to practice Halakha the way it should be, – Jeremiah explains. – Despite all the hardships we face in terms of kosher food and observing Shabbat in India, we still have faith in our G-d of Abraham and that faith in Him has helped us in enduring these hardships’.
Support Bnei Menashe Aliya, and make a real difference! The timing of Jeremiah’s family move to Israel, along with the other Bnei Menashe who will make Aliya with them, depends in large part on funding. The cost for us 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, Jeremiah or another Bnei Menashe will be able to make the long journey home to Zion.