Personal Stories

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...

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community’s founding members is Gerardo Flores and his wife, Aury de Flores. But they are more than just figureheads. The couple, married...

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community leaders, without whom Shaar Hashamaim may not have come to be, is Juan Alfredo Gutierrez, and his wife, Liza Salguero...

Among the many emotional and exciting stories of people coming to Israel for Aliyah despite personal and financial hardships, the case of the Mizrachi family is exceptional. The couple met in Colombia where Avi, an Israeli Jew, was visiting in 1999. He and Liliana, who is Colombian and...

Mexico has become the home of many Anousim who wandered to the shores of the New World in hope of staying away from the Inquisition. Miriam, or as she was known previously, Cindy Montiel Tapuz, is a member of such a family. Just two years...

Later this year, Shavei Israel will be bringing a large group of 250 Bnei Menashe immigrants from northeast India to Israel on Aliyah. Among them is Esther Haokip, a Manipur native, who is very excited to fulfill her dream and return to the land of...

Later this year, Shavei Israel will be bringing a large group of 250 Bnei Menashe immigrants from India to Israel on Aliyah. Among them is Jeremiah Hnamte, a Mizoram native, who is very excited to fulfill his dream and return to the land of his...

Later this year, Shavei Israel will be bringing a large group of 250 Bnei Menashe immigrants from northeast India to Israel on Aliyah. Among them is Akiva Haokip, a Manipur native, who is very excited to fulfill his dream and return to the land of...

We work with many communities around the world and occasionally will profile some of the amazing locals who volunteer as representatives. These generous individuals help us organize our activities in the best way possible, and reach more people in their respective regions. One of these...

We work with many communities around the world and occasionally will profile some of the amazing locals who volunteer as representatives. These generous individuals help us organize our activities in the best way possible, and reach more people in their respective regions. One of these...