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Six immigrant Bnei Menashe couples, who recently made Aliyah from India, were remarried under the chupah here in Israel in a beautiful ceremony.  The weddings were part of the ongoing process of formal conversion to Judaism and acclimation to Israel as the 252 new arrivals prepare...

“I grew up in Kolasib, India, a district of Mizoram.   During the British rule of India, my great-great-grandparents were converted by missionaries to Christianity. One of our neighbors told my father about Judaism. He was interested in learning more about it, for it resonated deeply with...

Eleven Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom recently immigrated to Israel from northeastern India, were remarried Wednesday in a festive and emotional group ceremony at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Nordia, near Netanya, after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate. The 11...

The Return of the Bnei Anousim, a Symposium moderated by Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund, was designed and created to shed light on this very important and often underexposed journey of "Returnees to Judaism". The Bnei Anousim of Portugal & Spain are so numerous that...

Shavei Israel communities all over the world celebrated Tu B’Shevat. Known as “The New Year of the Trees”, this year's celebrations, although muted due to coronavirus, were certainly enjoyed. We look forward to the holidays each year, not just to celebrate and enjoy, but to receive...

The Ma'ani Center of Shavei Israel presents "Tracing Your Jewish Roots Through Catholic Records and the Inquisition" with our dear friend Genie Milgrom. Genie was born in Cuba and in her conference she shares the fascinating story of her return to her heritage. Here are her...

The Ma'ani Center of Shavei Israel presents the conference: “A Feat of Heroism” (Spanish, with English subtitles available) with ex-Sergeant Yitzhak (Itzik) Raz (Rosengarten), who was awarded the Medal of Courage in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and he shared his heroic feat with...

Like we do every year, we've collected Chanukah photos from our wonderful communities in countries around the world. The people are so happy to share. Please explore the lit candles in menorahs of every size and shape, the happy faces, tasty delicacies and decorations… [FAG id=117854] ...

By Michael Freund After a long and tiring flight throughout the night, the band of new immigrants emerged from the El Al plane and made their way slowly down the stairs, their senses heightened by the early-morning chill as well as the knowledge that their cherished...