Bnei Menashe

Bethu, or fermented soy beans, is a food that the Bnei Menashe people love. It is often made into a spicy chutney. Here's the recipe, provided by Gershom Thangneo Touthang: First step: Soak dried soybeans for 7-8 hours or overnight. Second step: Boil the beans until almost...

This week, after a four-month closure due to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, houses of worship have begun opening in India, including the Bnei Menashe Khovevei Tzion synagogue in Mizoram. Asriel Pachau, secretary of the Khovevei Tzion community, saw the closure from a positive perspective...

Shlomit Chawngthu, a young Bnei Menashe woman, immigrated to Israel in 2017 with her parents and brothers. While still in India, Shlomit completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, graduating with honors. Yet when it came time to go to school for a nursing...

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:...

Bnei Menashe recipes, which are very familiar to those who are accustomed to Indian food, are not very exacting. The best way to really learn them is to stand in their kitchen and watch...

Emuna and Shimrit are both Bnei Menashe young women who made aliyah to Israel at the same time, June 2014, from Churachandpour, in Manipur, in northeast India. Knowing this, and seeing them together wearing skirts of the identical traditional family fabric, you would think that...

After a lot of changes and adjustments due to the coronavirus situation, including last minute modifications and adaptations, we finally managed to meet with Steven Klein, a professor at Ben Gurion University, and his students, who were on a Jewish cultural trip to several communities...

Mazal tov! Now that people are slowly starting to go back to quasi-normal, weddings and other festivities are taking place frequently. This wedding, with a small number of guests, celebrates the marriage of Yehuda Hanmte of Nof Hagalil, who made Aliyah to Israel in 2014...

Way back in January, a Melbourne, Australia-based student-run organization called Zooz reached out to Shavei Israel about having someone speak to their students about Lost and Hidden Jews. Our March date was pushed off, as so many other things were due to coronavirus and other...

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, over 100 Bnei Menashe immigrants to Israel have lost their jobs, and many more stand to lose theirs. Nathan Kipgen made aliyah (moved to Israel) with his family from northeast India in 2017, moving to Nesher, a suburb of Haifa....