Personal Stories

We're going to be bringing 250 new immigrants by the end of December. With your help it will be possible! Here's the story of one family who is anxiously awaiting: Hanniel Haokip has lived all of his 26 years in northeast India. And yet he’s...

Recently, Shavei Israel’s Founder & Chairman Michael Freund had the opportunity of attending the formal acceptance ceremony of Iris Sarg, a former model and actress from France, at the Rabbinical Conversion Court in Jerusalem.  “Attending a person's conversion is always an inspiring and moving experience, particularly...

Gabriel and Rut Hrangchal have been waiting their whole lives to make aliyah to Israel. Originally from the village of Thinghlun in Mizoram, the Hrangchals were the only Jewish family in town until they decided to move to Aizawl, in 2013, to join the Aizawl...

Shavei Israel works with many communities around the world, which is made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. On the flip side, there are also many communities that work with Shavei, including in Scandinavia. One of our most...

Meet a member of our team who we haven't seen in many months due to the coronavirus pandemic. While we're still missing her, you can get to know Chaya Castillo. Chaya is the coordinator of our Bnei Anousim and Hidden Jews of Poland departments, in...

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...

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....

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, over 100 Bnei Menashe and Chinese Jewish immigrants to Israel have lost their jobs, and many more stand to lose theirs. Rafael and Ruth Roite, both in their early 30s, made aliyah to Israel in 2016 from Mizoram in northeast India...

Behind every story are the personalities that make them happen. The story of the Shavei Israel visitor center in Belmonte, Portugal is no exception. The personality behind it is Ytzjak López de Oliveira. Ytzjak López de Oliveira is in charge of Casa Anusim, the Shavei Israel...