BNEI MENASHE GIRL IN ISRAEL RECEIVES PRIZE AT THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE

BNEI MENASHE GIRL IN ISRAEL RECEIVES PRIZE AT THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE

Ya’ara Namte, a young woman from the Bnei Menashe community was awarded a special prize at an event at the President’s House in Jerusalem for her contribution to Bnei Menashe youth in helping them integrate into Israeli life. The prize was exceptional not just for what she was honored, but because she had been an activist in the ‘Oz’ youth movement for only a couple of months.

At an event held at the President’s House in Jerusalem, President Ruby Rivlin and KKL-JNF Chairman Daniel Atar recognized several young Israelis for their contribution to the community. Ya’arah, who made aliyah to Israel several years ago at age 14 through Shavei Israel, admits that it wasn’t easy for her. However it is something deeply important for the Bnei Menashe as it is hard for them to keep the Torah commandments and maintain Jewish tradition in India. Even as young children, the Bnei Menashe grow up with the knowledge that their parents plan to bring them to Israel one day and this is what they hope and dream for. 

Ya’ara’s family settled in Nof Hagalil in the Galilee region. Despite the many challenges, Ya’ara acclimated to the new culture and different lifestyle. She decided to give back from her own experience through the Oz youth movement and has made a big difference in a very short time.

As we say in Israel, kol hakavod Ya’arah!

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Laura Ben-David
Laura Ben-David
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