Bnei Menashe: Personal Stories

Elon first served as chazan in his local community in northeast India, later becoming a mohel, circumcising over 1000 Bnei Menashe kids to date....

By Mishael Dickman - Is Judaism a tradition linked directly to the Bible, taking us back to Mount Sinai, i.e., the original word of God? Or is it a general code of law that slowly evolved over the years into what it is today? ...

Lyon Fanai is one of the Bnei Menashe immigrants who, with Shavei Israel's help, made aliyah to Israel. He wrote a personal Passover "dayenu" to express his gratitude to Shavei Israel for making his life long journey possible. "That would have been enough...

Even Ezer Holaring, a member of the Bnei Menashe community who was seriously injured in a November 2017 terrorist attack, has come home. The 35-year-old Bnei Menashe father of six was released this past weekend from the Hadassah Medical Center for a home visit....

Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund is many things: The founder of an organization that provides critical assistance to lost tribes and “hidden” Jewish communities, a former deputy director of communication in the Israeli prime minister’s office, and a regular columnist for The Jerusalem Post. Now...

Every #OperationMenashe flight is an exciting moment - for both the new immigrants and those waiting to greet them. This year, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri came to Ben-Gurion Airport to give his personal blessing for their aliyah, and got more than he bargained for...

Get your handkerchiefs out, because you’re going to need something to contain the emotion as you watch these videos. Families who haven’t seen each other in years break down in tears while whoops and cheers can be heard in the background by the elated new...

Last week was h-u-g-e for the Bnei Menashe. 162 new immigrants from India landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in two separate flights. We already shared pictures from the first flight of #OperationMenashe on Tuesday. But Thursday’s flight was even more emotional, with multiple reunions of families...

In the midst of the excitement over the new arrivals from Manipur, tragedy struck the Bnei Menashe community. On Friday, just a day after the second of two aliyah flights from India landed in Israel, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into community member Even...

The countdown to November’s #OperationMenashe aliyah flights from India is ticking fast – just one week and 162 Bnei Menashe will be winging their way from Manipur to their new homes in Israel. One particular woman can barely contain her excitement. Chen Kongsai made aliyah...