Bnei Menashe

Recently Avi Mizrahi, the Bnei Menashe Project Director at Shavei Israel, met with Yoel Hadad, the Director of Aliyah and Absorption in the city of Tiberias to get an exciting new initiative underway. The program, a joint project of Shavei Israel, the city of Tiberias,...

It is a common occurrence for staff at Shavei Israel to deliver speeches and presentations at communities, schools and programs around the world. Of late, with the coronavirus pandemic, these programs have largely migrated to the virtual world via Zoom and other online webinar delivery...

As part of the cutural preservation of lost and hidden Jewish communities at Ma'ani Center (Mercaz Ma'ani), we have multiple exhibits at our Jerusalem center. Currently, we are exhibiting beautiful photos and artifacts of the Bnei Menashe, from northeast India. The objects include musical instruments,...

It's not every day that you meet someone who made Aliyah to Israel less than three years ago, learned fluent Hebrew and battled the Israel Defense Forces for the right to perform combat service even though she was past the age for eligibility. But Ayala...

As part of the Israel Bible Scholar Interviews, Rabbi Tuly Weisz, of Israel365, speaks with Michael Freund about aliyah and the Lost Tribes of Israel, especially the remarkable journey and return of the Bnei Menashe. https://youtu.be/pfUmMN_qIkc ...

India is a melting pot of tradition and culture. Every state in India has its own unique cuisine and dishes, and the Bnei Menashe have their own spin on the local cuisine. This sweet pastry is a favorite of the Bnei Menashe. Pastry:1 kg all-purpose flour10...

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...