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Our report on the Bnei Menashe high schoolers who visited Poland has been picked up by the Jewish media. Publications including The San Diego Jewish World, Jewocity, Algemeiner and The Jewish News Service have all featured it. Check out the coverage for this important story....

Rachel Souza Lima’s greatest hope is the return of all Bnei Anousim. Rachel (Elizabeth), 39, declares this as she tells the fascinating story of how she returned to the Judaism of her ancestors, and of her remarkable journey from her native Brazil to the land of Israel, where she lives today with her husband and children. A native of Lucélia (St. Paul), Rachel, a widowed mother of four, remembers her very first meeting with her rabbi. That pivotal event was enough for her to recognize that the customs that had been handed down in her family through generations, such as kashrut and family purity, meant that she had Jewish roots.

Abigail (Marina) Erlich was scheduled to stand before the rabbinical conversion court to formally return to Judaism when, at the last moment, she revealed to Rabbi Elisha Salas, Shavei Israel’s emissary to Portugal and her guide through several years of study, that she believed she...

It started in 1982 when Yael and Elisheva Franco’s mother helped open a new high school in El Salvador. She named it “Jerusalem.” The Franco sisters’ mother didn’t know anything about Jewish tradition and the school was “a regular secular school,” Yael Franco explains. Ten...

[caption id="attachment_29388" align="alignleft" width="169"] Eliza with friends in Krakow[/caption] Ever since I was a child I knew I was Jewish; I also knew I could never reveal my Jewish identity. It’s hard to believe that in the 21st century a Jew still has to hide their Jewishness,...

[caption id="attachment_26448" align="alignleft" width="300"] Yue Ting in China[/caption] The aliyah from China continues. In the final installment of our series of profiles of the five young women from the Chinese Jewish community in Kaifeng who have just immigrated to Israel, please meet Yue Ting. When Yue Ting made aliyah this week,...